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Baptistery of the Cathedral

Address: Piazza del Duomo, 35141 Padua, Italy
Phone Number: 39 (049) 656914
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Ranked #3 of 84 Attractions in Padua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks

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Wellington, New Zealand
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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Paris, France
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24 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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Teaneck,NJ
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
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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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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54 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
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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Saskatoon, Canada
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
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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Cambridge
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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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Fishguard
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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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Como, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The Padova Duomo is plain, compared with the Baptistery next to it. Entry to the Baptistery costs €3, and it is open all day, so it is a good place to visit when the other churches are closed for the long lunch period. The frescoes are absolutely stunning, the dome in particular displaying a vision of heaven beaming down on... More 

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bonn
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is a gem, all covered with mediaeval frescoes, and well worth the entrance fee. It is a bit off the beaten track, so you have to go looking for it, but do go if you have the time. Lovely atmospheric square in front, where the children comng out of school play.

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