The Baptistery of St. John, Florence

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The Baptistery of St. John is one of the oldest buildings in the city, constructed between 1059 and 1128. It's renowned for the three sets of bronze doors. Observe how the eight lower panels of the south doors depict the virtues of hope, faith, charity, humility, fortitude, temperance, justice, and prudence. The most famous set, the east doors, are a copy; the originals are being preserved in the Duomo's museum. You still get a sense of their importance and you can admire the depiction of "The Story of Joseph." Inside the baptistery, be sure to look up at the domed, mosaic ceiling. Use our Florence holiday maker to add The Baptistery of St. John and other attractions to your Florence vacation plans.
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  • We visited the Baptistery as part of a tour with Walks of Italy. Our guide, Angela was a wealth of knowledge. She explained the history of the building, the entry doors and the art inside. The present...  more »
  • A beautiful square enjoy to enter the Basilica. Walking through the main streets of Florence and just enriching
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  • Battisterij outside does not look very nice. Another thing is inside. The ceiling is painted beautifully. The style is very interesting, as if Jesus is alive. For more convenient viewing recommend to lie on the floor, as I did. Rules not prohibited, and so much more pleasant to deal with all parts of the ceiling
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  • This place is truly amazing, cannot miss it during your visit of this beautiful city. The ceiling is truly astonishing with very well made paintings and incredible details. Worth the wait and your attention.
  • It's nice the dome is exquisite. The green red and white marble matches the church and tower. Feels a bit like an anti-tardis as in it looks like it should be bigger when you look at it from the outside. The door facing the Duomo is gold and just magnificently detailed.
  • It's a good place to sit and relax :) The queue it's about 2-5minutes .
  • Beautifully made, and architecturally amazing. You cannot miss the Baptistery of St. John if you visit Florence. Florence has many beautiful landmarks, but this cathedral has to be one of my all-time favourites. The area surrounding the cathedral is packed to the rim with tourists and it does get annoying, every couple of minutes there will be a massive tour group which happen to stand exactly where you are…there is no escaping! Apart from the tourist, the next top mass of people you will see is the security services, armed to the teeth and to be honest, quite scary. Somehow, even though they are necessary, this all does ruin part of the trip/experience. Italy in general has lots of history and it is worth joining a tour group to learn some of the history. I done this the first time when visiting Florence and am glad I did, as this recent trip I was able to explain part of Florence’s history to my girlfriend who was on her first visit to Florence. Overall, if you put aside the tourists and police, Florence is historically flawless. Every visit feels like a history lesson and the food is second to none, expect to spend some cash as most places are expensive to eat at!
  • The baptistery is nice on the outside and incredible on the inside. The roof is everything! It's amazingly painted. It's not a big building, the time you spent in it solely depends on how much details you want to find in all the paintings. When we visited they were repairing some areas in the inside. You have to buy the tickets in the building right in front of the entrance and with that ticket you can visit the duomo, the baptistery, campanile and museum. However, be sure to make a reservation for the duomo, otherwise it may be sold out.
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