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Baptistery of the Cathedral

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Address: Piazza del Duomo, 35141 Padua, Italy
Phone Number: 39 (049) 656914

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PADUA'S OTHER FRESCOES

These frescoes by Menabuoi are not much inferior the the more famous cycle by Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel. The whole baptistry is covered floor to ceiling and the effect is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

These frescoes by Menabuoi are not much inferior the the more famous cycle by Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel. The whole baptistry is covered floor to ceiling and the effect is stunning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Knew nothing of Padua until we saw a TV programme showing the amazing frescoes in the Baptistery and decided we had to add it to our itinerary during our time in this part of Italy. The Baptistery should not be missed since the frescoes are mesmerizing and we sat for a considerable amount of time admiring them. Useful tip ...... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

It is well worth the time and the E3 entry to have a look in here when you are in Padua. The duomo by comparison is very drab and dull so do not be misled! The frescoes are beautiful and interestingly tell almost exactly the same stories as in the better known Scrovegni chapel. This was in fact the only... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Padova may not be known for its baptistery as most people will go to the Cappella degli Scrovegny but the baptistery is also worth a visit. The frescoes of a different style but very rich and fresh.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

This centrally located site is hardly worth the 3 euro expense. The art work is mostly faded offering little in the way of explanation.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Padua rivals Ravenna in terms of sheer decoration -- though here the favored art was fresco painting rather than mosaics. Every old building, sacred or profane, bears some sign of having been heavily illustrated at some point in its life. The baptistry started as the private chapel of the city's founding family. The frescoes here, by Giusto de Menabuoi, are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I suspect many visitors to Padua come to see the Scrovegni Chapel and miss out on this Baptistry outside the Duomo. The ceiling and walls are all covered in murals by Menabuoi, done about 75 years after Giotto's in the Scrovegni. I thought this was a fantastic experience and the ceiling of Christ surrounded by saints is dazzling. Plus, it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

After visiting the Scrovegni Chapel, we weren't expecting anything else in Padua to be so special. But the frescoes here, from floor to ceiling, were full of interest - scenes from the Old and New Testaments and of many saints venerated in Padua. The upper cycles are better preserved than the lower ones; you can stay as long as you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A good experience, but don't expect the wow factor like you get in the Scriveni. Many of the murals are in poor condition, but you realise how impressive they must have been when first commissioned.

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Oldham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

It really is! Intimate yet vast. Colourful and powerful. This peaceful place contains some marvellous frescoes obviously inspired by those of Giotto just down the road.

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