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Oratorio di San Giovanni Battista

Via Federico Barocci 31, 61029 Urbino, Italy
+39 0722 910259
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Surprisingly vivid frescoes

Like most places in Urbino this needs a climb but it is more than worth it to get a close view of... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2017
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This small chapel has an amazing set of frescoes by Salimbeni that are in some ways equal in... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
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Via Federico Barocci 31, 61029 Urbino, Italy
+39 0722 910259
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Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Like most places in Urbino this needs a climb but it is more than worth it to get a close view of these wonderfully executed and still remarkably fresh frescoes.

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

This small chapel has an amazing set of frescoes by Salimbeni that are in some ways equal in interest to the Giotto frescos in the Scrovegni chapel in Padova. As others have noted, the more closely you look, the more you discover in the rich...More

1  Thank Walpy
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Of course everyone goes to the palazzo ducal in Urbino, and it's as wonderful as expected, but the oratorio is not to be missed. The frescoes are just wonderful and should really be seen before the palazzo, since it is earlier than most of their...More

Thank Lynn S
Reviewed 20 August 2017

The oratorio was built for the confraternity of St John the Baptist. This small chapel is easy to walk past but inside all the walls are covered in the most spectacular 15th century frescoes. The frescoes were some of the first showing scenes from daily...More

Thank AJJS1
Reviewed 9 August 2017

The oratorio is tiny and features a large crucifixion over the altar and the story of St John the Baptist along the right hand wall as you face the altar. There is a detailed English handout that describes the content of what you are viewing....More

Thank Nina S
Reviewed 18 July 2017

A small space, but well-preserved and lit. Most of the frescoes were by one artist, a couple by a different one, and once you look you can see the difference. when we visited, a family was there, with kids in tow and the family dog....More

Thank ProPhotowriter
Reviewed 16 July 2017

The Oratorio is one small room but has the most amazing, vital frescoes. The guide at the door was very helpful, provided a factsheet in English and was willing to answer my questions regarding the renovation of the frescoes in English. To be recommended.

Thank Caroline S
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Truly outstanding frescoes, and so many of them! The colours are sharp, and the themes portray the dress and customs of that period.

1  Thank Una H
Reviewed 29 October 2016

We were in Urbino for the day, and had completed our tour of the Ducal Palace. We went to the Oratorio on the way out of town, and delighted in the narrow stone staircase of a street required to get there. The Oratorio is old,...More

1  Thank Janmkct
Reviewed 10 October 2016

The frescoes by the Salimbeni brothers of the Crucifixion and the life of John the Baptist have great charm and character. Notwithstanding the solemnity of the religious episodes and themes portrayed, they convey a wonderful sense of early fifteenth century life through their detailed observations...More

3  Thank valnowell
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