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Battistero di San Giovanni

Address: Piazza San Giovanni, Siena, Italy
Phone Number: 0577 286300
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Ranked #10 of 54 Attractions in Siena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Some good artworks and nice frescos however it would certainly not be worth the individual ticket. The duomo, the museum and crypt are so much better. It only takes 10mins but don't worry if you miss it.

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Crown Point, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This Baptistry behind the Duomo is very beautiful and contains paintings and sculpture, along with the large baptismal fount. Include it in your combo ticket - along with the Duomo and the crypt.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The Baptistry is a must-see after visiting the marvelous cathedral. Although a religious building, it is a beautiful work of art that includes frescos, sculptures and other decorative features by some of the greatest Italian artists of all time, including Donatello and Ghiberti. If in Siena, don't miss it.

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Montréal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

after the splendour of the duomo, this seems a tad more low key. However, some interesting frescoes above the font.

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Scottsdale
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

You can buy a ticket that includes five parts of the cathedral and this is one. If you do not buy the ticket then skip doing the baptistry on it's own.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Breathtakingly colourful. There are some helpful mirrors on the benches to stop you ricking your neck, but I would advise taking a small pair of binoculars or opera classes, in order to enjoy the paintings even more.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is one of the wonders of Sienna, with views and wall painting from the very beginnings of Christianity in the city

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Billed as one of the best and it lives up to its reputation. One can imagine the ceremony of the baptism of the great and good of Siena

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Antalya, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Another interesting part of the cathedral visit, but again spoilt by staff that resent the visitor intrusion and one man in particular that acts like a teacher as if he owns the place!

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Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It comes as part of the overall Duomo combined ticket but it is just one room at the lowest level so the atmosphere is not that pleasant and there is not a lot to see compared to the other sections.

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