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Battistero di San Giovanni

Piazza San Giovanni, Siena, Italy
0577 286300
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Ranked #9 of 56 Attractions in Siena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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London, England, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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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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