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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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  • This is a nice Duomo, but Baptistery next door is very lovey and worth visiting. The church overlooks one of the many lovely squares in Padua 
  • The baptistery can be on par with the fresco, cappella degli Scrovegni: everything is gorgeous. The frescoes which decorated (1375-1376) are considered to be the masterpiece of Giusto de ' Menabuoi. Compared to previous experiences, in Padua had to be impressed by the neat Romanesque and Byzantine fixity, as evidenced by the great Paradise in the dome of the baptistery: the scene is organized around a Christ Pantocrator, where multi-layered hypnotic rays wheel with angels and saints, whose aureole in neat rows resemble, look from below, the hallmarks of a magnificent jewellery. At the heart of paradise there is also the mother of God. Paintings covering the walls depict scenes from the life of Saint John the Baptist (to the left of the entrance), of Mary and Jesus. Detail of the fresco depicting the kiss of Judas in a photo by Paolo Monti of 1965. Bottom wall adjacent to the BEIC In Paolo Monti, altar depicts the Crucifixion, then the descent of the Holy Spirit (frescoed on the dome of the altar). On the altar is an altarpiece by Guisto dei Menabuoi. On the walls around the altar in the apse, frescoed monstrous figures and pictures are taken from the book of revelation. In the drum instead painted stories of Genesis
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  • Long and beautiful the baptistery for paints and the baptismal font as it is stripped down the Cathedral too modern
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  • Unmissable for anyone visiting Padua!!! Some of the most beautiful frescoes in Italy, worth the 3 eur entrance!!
  • A masterpiece!
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  • Little Darling next to the Cathedral. The mosaic ceiling takes your breath away
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  • Stupendous example of pictorial art of the fourteenth century, with the cycle of frescoes by Giusto de Menabuoi on the life of Christ and the Apostles, commissioned by the family of Carraresi.
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  • Really well kept. A must if you want to switch to Padova
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