The Baptistery of St. John, Florence

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World heritage site · Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
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The Baptistery of St. John is one of the oldest buildings in the city, constructed between 1059 and 1128. It's renowned for the three sets of bronze doors. Observe how the eight lower panels of the south doors depict the virtues of hope, faith, charity, humility, fortitude, temperance, justice, and prudence. The most famous set, the east doors, are a copy; the originals are being preserved in the Duomo's museum. You still get a sense of their importance and you can admire the depiction of "The Story of Joseph." Inside the baptistery, be sure to look up at the domed, mosaic ceiling. To visit The Baptistery of St. John and get the most from your holiday in Florence, create itinerary details personal to you using our Florence holiday maker.
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  • The building is being renovated for now (march 2022). I would not recommend visiting it for the time being. 
    The building is being renovated for now (march 2022). I would not recommend visiting it for the time being.  more »
  • Beautiful building impressive and stunning! We only saw the outside as we only had a few days to see Florence. The only thing is we had to run the gauntlet of touts selling you tickets to get... 
    Beautiful building impressive and stunning! We only saw the outside as we only had a few days to see Florence. The only thing is we had to run the gauntlet of touts selling you tickets to get...  more »
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  • It's under restoration and it's not very clear from the outside or the website just to the extreme extent of the work being done. More than half of it is covered and not viewable at this time. There's no signage to help you understand the importance or history of the space, so you wind up just standing around in the dark for a few minutes. It was a disappointing experience that only receives 3 stars owing to its historical importance and the few parts that were visible.
  • Such a beautiful Baptistery. The marble facade and the mosaic ceiling are extremely beautiful. It also have beautiful bronze doors. It is a must see attraction in Florence and it is right next to the Duomo cathedral. The whole square is beautiful and full of touristic attractions.

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