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Baptistery of San Giovanni (Battistero)

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Address: Piazza di San Giovanni, Florence, Italy
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Description: A beautiful building best known for its elaborately sculpted doors by...
A beautiful building best known for its elaborately sculpted doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti.
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We visited the baptistery in August 2015. During our visit the outer walls were being restored and as such could not be appraised fully. Luckily this was our second time in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We visited the baptistery in August 2015. During our visit the outer walls were being restored and as such could not be appraised fully. Luckily this was our second time in Florence so we were already familiar with the outside of the building. As soon as we went through the baptistery doors an impressive stained glass window caught our attention.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

When you go, read something about it first. The history is amazing. If you forget to read, the ceiling rings and areas tell stories. They also have the original stained glass window restored. Never thought I would be amazed by a stained glass window.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

A real stunning building! The ceiling must be seen. We were sorry that the outside was covered in tarps due to restauration.

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Stavanger, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The baptistery with the Cathedral is another piece of architecture worth to be in Florence. What it makes it a little bad is that they build it just in front of the Cathedral frontage.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Quality vs Quantity this building is small but chocked full of character. Arrive early this area becomes very crowded

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is a small building but with an amazing interior, don't miss it when you visit Cathedral! In restoring process in july 2015 but you can go inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We bought a combination ticket to both the Baptistery and the Bell Tower. The bronze doors of paradise by Ghiberti (the originals are in the museum) are wonderful. Once inside the ceiling mosaics are breathtaking. Depicting various scenes each one was vibrant in its own right. Some i.e. punishments of the damned (at Christ's left hand). reminded us of Dantes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

A beautiful place to visit. The architecture is an important part of one's experience in Florence. Three times is still not enough!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This adjunct building to Duomo is worthwhile seeing, especially if you are plan to visit the church. The exterior architecture is quite nice but the interior is the real gem. The balcony is a great place to get a view of both the interior and exterior surroundings. The baptistry itself is intricate while the artwork on the ceiling is impressive.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The Duomo itself is stunning from the outside, while the inside is rather underwhelming. The Baptistry..vice versa. The outside was covered up for cleaning, but the inside is beautiful, and definitely worth a visit ..

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