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Baptistry

Piazza del Duomo, 35141 Padua, Italy
39 (049) 656914
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Ranked #7 of 83 Attractions in Padua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
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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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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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Hilversum
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Whereas the center of Padua does not seem to have to offer that much, the baptistery is an exception. You don't expect much from the outside, it is not very big either, but take your time to look for all the frescos, and realize that the majority is 600 years old. A great way to look back into the middle... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Off to the side of the Duomo (which has been completely whitewashed inside), you wouldn't necessarily expect such a gorgeous frescoed room - but there it is. Definitely worth a trip.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

So unassuming on the outside, so mind-blowing on the inside! We'd been to the Scrovegni Chapel earlier, which is well-publicised and geared up for tourists (rightly-so, it is lovely too), but this was such a surprise - and with hardly anyone else there! Every inch is covered with Menabuoi's frescoes, with little cameos and characters to keep you looking for... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

The Baptistry attached to the Duomo in Padova is a well spent several Euros. The walls and dome were frescoed by Giusto Menaboui about 50 years after Giotto and one can see the progression in technique over that time. It also gives a sense of the difference between Giotto, more a creature of the Florentine renaissance and Menaboui who is... More

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

The baptistry is only 2 euros to enter and does not require a reservation like Scrovegni does, and it really delightful as a room covered in frescoes. Be sure to walk all the way around the Duomo because it is best seen from behind.

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Venice, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

The Romanesque Baptistery is a real delight and should not, on any account, be missed. The interior is decorated with a series of late 14th century frescoes by Giusto de' Menabuoi. Who? Of course, the paintings are not in the same league as Giotto's work in the Arena Chapel, but they are still very much worth seeing. And you will... More

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Glenshaw, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

A great place to sit and contemplate beauty. It is especially nice when there are fewer people inside, so stay a while and wait for the few quite moments when you can take it all in. Move to various spots within the baptistry, so that you can experience the various views and the full experience

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

This is the small building next to the Duomo (which is relatively plain by Italian standards). The Baptistery costs 3euro to enter but it is the best 3euro you are likely to spend. The interior of the building is covered with an incredible number of frescos by Giusto de' Menabuoi. The building is quite high and so is a lot... More

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