The Baptistery of St. John, Florence

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World heritage site · Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
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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. To visit The Baptistery of St. John and get the most from your holiday in Florence, create itinerary details personal to you using our Florence holiday maker.
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  • Do not miss this when you visit Florence! We purchased a combined ticket for entry to this, the Duomo Museum and the Duomo crypt. All three are definitely worth seeing. To enter the Duomo itself, no....  more
    Do not miss this when you visit Florence! We purchased a combined ticket for entry to this, the Duomo Museum and the Duomo crypt. All three are definitely worth seeing. To enter the Duomo itself, no....  more »
  • Don't use Trip Advisor, they booked tickets for Santa Croce, sent me confirmation of the booking and when I was in Florence they sent me an email saying they hadn't, it's now sold out. 
    Don't use Trip Advisor, they booked tickets for Santa Croce, sent me confirmation of the booking and when I was in Florence they sent me an email saying they hadn't, it's now sold out.  more »
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  • Such a beautiful Baptistery. The marble facade and the mosaic ceiling are extremely beautiful. It also have beautiful bronze doors. It is a must see attraction in Florence and it is right next to the Duomo cathedral. The whole square is beautiful and full of touristic attractions.
  • The Baptistery of St. John is a stunning octagonal basilica that stands next to The Duomo in Florence. It was started in 1059 and completed some 60 years later. The dome itself is a wonderful architectural example, but the decoration/painting/detail are positively breath-taking. To think that this magnificent structure was completed 900 years ago is mind-boggling.

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