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Review of Battistero del Duomo

Battistero del Duomo
Ranked #7 of 360 things to do in Padua
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Santa Monica, California
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142 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Well worth a trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014

The baptistry is only 2 euros to enter and does not require a reservation like Scrovegni does, and it really delightful as a room covered in frescoes. Be sure to walk all the way around the Duomo because it is best seen from behind.

Visited April 2014
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Venice, Italy
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“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2014

The Romanesque Baptistery is a real delight and should not, on any account, be missed. The interior is decorated with a series of late 14th century frescoes by Giusto de' Menabuoi. Who? Of course, the paintings are not in the same league as Giotto's work in the Arena Chapel, but they are still very much worth seeing.
And you will not be thrown out after 20 minutes!

Visited April 2014
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Glenshaw, Pennsylvania
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

A great place to sit and contemplate beauty. It is especially nice when there are fewer people inside, so stay a while and wait for the few quite moments when you can take it all in. Move to various spots within the baptistry, so that you can experience the various views and the full experience

Visited September 2013
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England
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“Sensational, an absolute must see in Padua”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

This is the small building next to the Duomo (which is relatively plain by Italian standards). The Baptistery costs 3euro to enter but it is the best 3euro you are likely to spend.
The interior of the building is covered with an incredible number of frescos by Giusto de' Menabuoi. The building is quite high and so is a lot of surface to cover. It is simply staggering how every inch of the space is decorated. There are scenes from both the Old and New Testament and the ceiling for me is one of the greatest pieces of art anywhere in the world. Every curve and angle is made to work as a canvas. The colours a vivid and vibrant. There is one depicting the massacre of the innocents which is so violent and tragic. Do not miss this place.

For me this was even more spectacular than the Scrovegni Chapel.

It is worth pointing out that when I visited, photography was not permitted. There were not guidebooks specifically on this attraction on sale and the next time I go, I will take my own literature.

Visited November 2013
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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“A highlight!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

Early frescos, painted just 50 years after Giotto's Scrovegni Chapel, cover the walls. The man who sells the tickets inside the Baptistry is very knowledgeable and very willing to answer questions.

Visited November 2013
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