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Battistero di San Giovanni

Piazza San Giovanni, Siena, Italy
0577 286300
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Ranked #10 of 56 Attractions in Siena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Montréal
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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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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Pelotas, RS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

One of the most beautiful religious places I've seen. it's more beautiful than the cathedral itself. The full visit of the cathedral complex is worthwhile, but the baptistry, in my opinion was the best part.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

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

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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