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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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Wonderful art work

Just take the time to soak in the marvelous art work. Seats available to sit on either side and view the paintings.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Just take the time to soak in the marvelous art work. Seats available to sit on either side and view the paintings.

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The frescoes on the walls and ceiling are beautiful, in excellent condition. The building is small enough for you to see everything. Also, photos, without flash, are allowed which is unusual and welcome! Next to the Duomo which is very plain in comparison to this painted wonder. Included in the Padua card which covers lots of great sights in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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