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Battistero di San Giovanni

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Address: Piazza San Giovanni, Siena, Italy
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Built between 1316 and 1325, the façade, in Gothic style, is unfinished. It contains a hexagonal baptismal font realized in 1417-1431 by the main sculptors of the time: Donatello

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 8, 2017
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Nogent-sur-Marne, France
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Nogent-sur-Marne, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

Built between 1316 and 1325, the façade, in Gothic style, is unfinished. It contains a hexagonal baptismal font realized in 1417-1431 by the main sculptors of the time: Donatello

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017 via mobile

A must! Nothing else to add really except an exceptional piece of architecture displaying the pride that Siena had for its status.

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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

Notice the Life of Saint John sculpted on Baptismal font by Donatello, and Frescoes by 13th century Sienese.

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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016

Better than the cathedral for art lovers also not horribly cold like the cathedral and the floor is not covered like the cathedral

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

Small lower area attached to the larger cathedral. Wonderful ambiance and frescos and art. Small, so not to overwhelming, but a little jewel of a place. They were going to have a wedding service on the day we were there, but the ticket office gave us ample warning to go and visit before they closed for the occasion.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

Please do yourself a favor and do not skip the Battistero. It may seem unassuming compared to the Battistero in Florence, but it is fantastic.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

The Siena Battistero is beautiful. It is appealing to every eye, whether you are a true Renaissance expert or just love the beauty of ancient art.

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Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

I may be biased, I am a Catholic who LOVES Jesus and loves artistic representations of Him and the Holy Family. As such Imloved this. Honestly, I mostly went because it was on the OPA SI pass....but that said, I am happy I went.

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Gdynia, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Why? First of all, it will not overwhelm you with sheer size but prepare for what you will see in the Duomo as well as Biblioteca Piccolomini. Richness, detail and compatible style. Secondly, it is the best place to purchase the Opa Si Pass, as most people rush directly to the cathedral and queue up there.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

I very beautiful baptistery with a lovely and interesting font and some other very beautiful works of art. This can be visited as part of the all-inclusive "OPA Si Pass" or a ticket may be purchased at the entrance. Unless you are a scholar of such things or just looking for a quiet place to sit and rest then you... More 

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