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Battistero del Duomo, Padua

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Surround yourself with some gems of early Renaissance art at Battistero del Duomo. Adjacent to the Padua Cathedral, this small baptistery is easy to miss, but once you step inside you'll be amazed by the collection of frescoes. The work of 14th-century painter Giusto de' Menabuoi, the paintings tell stories of the Bible, the most remarkable of which is the depiction of paradise inside the dome of the baptistery. Using the shape of the dome, the artist manages to create an almost three-dimensional image. You'll pay a fee to enter the baptistery, but the site does allow you to take photos. It's not a bad idea to bring a camera with a strong zoom lens or a pair of binoculars to fully enjoy the details on the frescoes. With our custom trip planner, Padua attractions like Battistero del Duomo can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Perhaps the main reason of artistic interest of Padua is the exceptional concentration (unique in the world) of frescoes of 300, testifying to the centrality of cultural and artistic scene in Italian cities during the period. The presence of Giotto was fruitful and his lecture has influenced other masters, including Giusto de ' Menabuoi, that in the baptistery of the Cathedral he made his masterpiece. Will not be Giotto, as some would say, but the sense of space and the presence of the human body in space are fully giottesque. Some scenes from the life of Christ are of exceptional power and the collection is impressive. The three euro entry are a digit irrisioria and certainly well spent. To complete the course on ' 300 Council, as well as the Scrovegni Chapel, a visit to the Saint (where there are other paintings by Giotto, as well as the same Right and others) and the adjacent oratory of San Giorgio, with a splendid cycle of frescoes by Altichiero di Zevio.
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  • Large cathedral, quiet and peaceful - unadorned but with space to be silent and reflective. Interesting modern sculpture inside too.  more »
  • The baptistery of the Cathedral, dedicated to John the Baptist, is a place of worship near the Duomo of Padua. Maintains one of the most important fresco cycles of the 14th century, by Giusto de Menabuoi. The scene is organized around a Christ Pantocrator, where a wheel radially layered with angels and saints, whose aureole in neat rows. At the heart of paradise there is also the mother of God. Paintings covering the walls depict scenes from the life of John the Baptist, of Mary and Jesus. On the wall adjacent to the altar depicts the Crucifixion, then the descent of the Holy Spirit. The stories of Genesis, plumes prophets and evangelists.
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  • Unmissable for anyone visiting Padua!!! Some of the most beautiful frescoes in Italy, worth the 3 eur entrance!!
  • From outside it doesn't seem interesting. But inside is magnificent. Not to be missed. Advice: buy the book (6.50 €) and then read it to discover the story told by these beautiful frescoes.
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  • It is wonderful. Frescoed ceiling times included. Recommend the Padova Card so you have access to all the other sights of Padua
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  • The incredible beauty of the frescoes Menabuoi. For photography turned a blind eye. Thanks to them.
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  • A gem of exquisite beauty
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