Battistero di San Giovanni

Battistero di San Giovanni, Florence

Battistero di San Giovanni
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
10:15 - 18:00
Monday
10:15 - 18:00
Tuesday
10:15 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:15 - 18:00
Thursday
10:15 - 18:00
Friday
10:15 - 18:00
Saturday
10:15 - 18:00
Sunday
10:15 - 18:00
About
A beautiful building best known for its elaborately sculpted doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti.
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< 1 hour
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Neighbourhood: Duomo
Florentia, as it was called by Latins, is permeated by an eternal beauty spread in all corners of the city. The historic center is characterized by the immensity of the Duomo, able to transport tourists into the brightest age of Florence: the Renaissance. Who does not know the Brunelleschi Dome, San Giovanni Baptistery and the Giotto’s Campanile? Everything is enclosed here and it would be easy to imagine the city as it was in ancient times, with maids walking in the main square and horses carrying coaches. Nowadays, roads are busy with street artists. Rustic Tuscan bakeries give way to fashion shops; just stop for a few minutes in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the colors and sweet melody of the carousel that will bring back great memories from anyone’s childhood.
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Ron T
Greenville, SC3,321 contributions
Beautiful baptistry (from the outside)
Sep 2021
Another beautiful building very near the cathedral. Only saw the outside of it on this trip. Maybe will go inside on our next visit.
Written 7 October 2021
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Marla7
Naas, Ireland712 contributions
One of my favourite places
Sep 2021
I love everything about the Battistero, its history, reference in literature, and the amazing mosaics on the ceiling.
Entrance is included with the Opera Del Duomo ticket and it was all well worth it.
Written 20 September 2021
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Martin Carroll
Winchester, VA477 contributions
Bapistry @ Florence Duomo
Jun 2020
The Bapistry at the Florence Duomo has so much history, I would like to narrow my focus to the "East doors" of the Bapistry. The doors were made by Lorenzo Ghiberti who won a contest to make the doors. The doors were so beautiful that they were referred to as the "Gates of Paradise".

In 1990, the original gates were removed and placed in the Duomo Museum ( " Musso dell'Opera del Duomo.) A replica of the "East Doors" replaced the originals of the "East Doors".

Remember, try to get all needed tickets especially for museums on line to save waiting in the ticket line.
Written 22 May 2021
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BackPacker800547
Bilston, UK605 contributions
Simple but stunning
Oct 2020 • Couples
It's just one room but it's lovely, with a 700 year old plus mural of religious motifs. It's a bit noisy despite the signage, but photogenic
Written 6 October 2020
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,547 contributions
Fascinating structure, combining faith, history and art
Jan 2020
The octagonal Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistery of St. John) is one of the oldest buildings in Florence. It is located opposite the Duomo Cathedral (full name Santa Maria del Fiore) and Giotto's bell tower. This fascinating structure, combining faith, history and art, delights us with its harmony in accordance with the Duomo and Giotto's tower. It was built between the 11th and 12th centuries, and it was there until the end of the 19th century that all Florentine Catholics were baptized, like Dante Alighieri, and many famous Renaissance figures, including members of the Medici family. According to the style of construction it belongs to Florentine Romanesque architecture. Of her beauties, we would single out three front doors that show a biblical theme - the south door was made by Andrea Pisano, north and east by Lorenzo Ghiberti. For the east door Michelangelo used the term "Gate of Paradise". There is a copy today, while the original is kept in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. The gates of Paradise consist of 10 fields, depicting the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, as Moses receives the 10 Commandments of God, until the fall of the city of Jericho and the battle with the Philistines. The interior of the Baptistery is richly decorated, the ceiling is decorated with a beautiful mosaic of gold, one part of which depicts the Last Judgment, which had a great influence on Dante when writing his Divine Comedy.
Written 3 July 2020
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad4,582 contributions
Baptistry with a difference
Jun 2020 • Solo
The architecture of this building is built as an honour to God. This batistry church has special doors for different class of people. It is located in the main and most beautiful square downtown Florence and sits next to Duomo cathedral. This Baptistry is a site to behold. Another wow factor in Florence. I was really impressed by the intricate design of it
It's not easily missed ..you see the Duomo and you see this Baptistry.
Written 15 June 2020
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Andrew S
Bellingham, WA1,046 contributions
Terrific interio
Jun 2019
Terrific interior with gold painted ceiling of the angels and archangels. Worth a short visit. This is across the plaza from the Duomo.
Written 17 May 2020
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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,678 contributions
All is not what it seems
Sep 2019
As part of a combination package which includes the Florence Cathedral, Campanille di Grotto, Museum, Santa Reparata and the Battistero si San Giovanni, the Bapistry is not the featured attraction. The combination ticket can be purchased in person or online for 18 Euros. Be aware that there can be long lines or not.

The Bapistry was by most historical accounts originally a Roman Temple celebrating the the Roman God of War "Mars". The first version of the Bapistry occured between the 4th-5th century (CE). An expansion came in the 13th century which rendered the building to its present state. The architectural style is uniquely Florentine Romanesque. It must be remembered that baptisms took place outside the church before Medieval times because a newborn was considered to possess original sin before baptism.

Battistero di San Giovanni is built in an octagonal design. The number 8 is significant as the number represents 6 days of creation, 1 day of rest and 1 day of recreation through baptism. The outer walls are made of white Carrara and Green Prato marble which is quite striking. Perhaps most striking are the tree double doors. The southern door is the oldest and depicts the life of John the Baptist and the 8 virtues. The work is attributed to Andrea Pisano. The north door is the next oldest and depicts scenes from the New Testament. This door and the east door are attributed to Lorenzo Ghiberti. The est door depicts scenes from the Old Testament. The high lights of the interior are a mosaic of Christ in Judgement on the center dome. Right thumb-up those that go to heaven, Left thumb-down those that go to eternal damnation. There is a statue of St. John the patron Saint of Florence and a baptismal fountain.

All can be seen in less than an hour. The interior space is confined with a center isle that everyone traverses through. It is also quite dark so bring a low light camera so that you do not end up with blurred images as I did. The east door is called the "Gates of Paradise" named by Michelangelo. The originals are in the Duomo Museum. Flora (the goddess of textile and agriculture is depicted as a lily or iris. The named Florence derives from Flora the goddess.
Written 30 April 2020
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Jo_and_Tom
Anna, OH1,473 contributions
Beautiful Bapistry next to Duomo
Mar 2020
This place is very special and interior I think is more beautful than Duomo. No worshipper could go into the Duomo without being baptised whether a child or an adult. This Duomo has (4 doors). The door used would be dependent on your Social and Economic status. The line to get in may take time for que. We were there March 7 & 8th and no crowds due to virus
Written 8 April 2020
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GAN L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia8,696 contributions
Bronze doors
Feb 2020 • Couples
This octagonal baptistery stands across from Duomo and the Campanile. It is one of the oldest buildings in Florence. Members of the Medici family were baptized here. The Baptistery has 8 sides with a rectangular addition on the west side. We were very impressed with the three sets of artistically important bronze doors with relief sculptures. We liked the eastern door which had ten panels depicting scenes from the Old Testament.

Written 17 March 2020
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