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Baptistry

Piazza del Duomo, 35141 Padua, Italy
39 (049) 656914
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Ranked #9 of 83 attractions in Padua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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14 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
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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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Early frescos, painted just 50 years after Giotto's Scrovegni Chapel, cover the walls. The man who sells the tickets inside the Baptistry is very knowledgeable and very willing to answer questions.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Absolutely beautiful, floor to ceiling frescoes. seating available so just sit and wonder ! Make time for this if nothing else (after the Giotto of course)

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Statesville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

One of the highlights of a trip to Padova. Well lit and in remarkably good condition for their age. You could actually take photos.

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