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Piazza San Giovanni, Siena, Italy
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Ranked #9 of 56 attractions in Siena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

If it was not that we had just visited the Siena cathedral which is out of this word I would have rated the baptistery even better, because it is gorgeous, it just happens that the cathedral es even nicer. Still you can not come to Siena and miss this beautiful and interesting building.

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Lake Placid, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

From the cathedral, you have to walk down a staircase with a lot of steps. Ornately decorated. Mainly, one large room. A baptismal font stands in the middle with Donatello's work mounted on the base. Quiet must be observed. Only need about 15 - 30 minutes to see (not counting the staircase to reach it). Not crowded.

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Hasselt, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Lovely paintings on the ceiling. Interesting marble and bronze in the middle of the baptistry. Combined ticket : see my review on Duomo, Biblioteca, crypt.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This was such a lovely ornate building but don't overlook it when visiting the Cathedral. Fabulous font by Donatello, Ghiberti and Jacopo della Querica. Lovely paintings on walls

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Part of the ticket for the Cathedral, do visit the Baptistry (entrance at the back). Beautifully decorated, with interesting details.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I missed the baptistry so went back the following day. Its at rhe rear of dumo downthe stairs. Im glad I did as it is wonderful in there. This chamber was used for the whole town back in the olden times. Its amost 600 years old..just beautiful.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

will not take long but the ceiling, the baptistry, the art is just beautiful definitely with buying the combination ticket for the museum and coming into this room

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

When visiting Siena Cathedral, a visit to the adjacent Baptistry really is a 'must'. It is a beautiful building with an absolutely fascinating interior, the highlight of which is the great font which has artwork by some of the most highly acclaimed sculptors of its age. The walls of the baptistry are also inspirational with their intricate murals. The Baptistry... More

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São Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

you can pay to visit this place together with the cathedral. The visual is as beautiful as the cathedral and as the space is smaller and it´s not so easy to found (just behind the church) you feel more confortable to enjoy it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The title says it. The font with its bas-relief by 3 of the most famous sculptors of the Italian Renaissance is a must-see and the beautiful Madonna would be worth a visit for itself, add to those the wonderful murals throughout and this is an undoubted gem.

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