Battistero San Giovanni & Gate of Paradise, Florence

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    Gilded Bronze Doors

    by keeweechic Updated Jul 25, 2006

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    One of the gilded bronze doors - the famous 'Gates of Paradise' as described by Michelangelo were created by Ghiberti and is one of the greatest accomplishments in Western sculpture. Depicted are Old Testament stories

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    The Baptistery

    by keeweechic Updated Jul 25, 2006

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    Octagonal in shape, the Baptistery is one of the oldest architectural monuments of Florence although the exact date of its origin has not been established. Originally it was believe to be a pagan temple which was dedicated to Mars. The wonderful gilded bronze doors were created by Andrea Pisano. These took some 7 years to complete. Probably one of the most important features are the bas reliefs and sculptures which surround the external doors. These are among the most significant created in Tuscany. Inside you will find the tomb of the pirate pope, Baldassare Cossa. The magnificent ceiling is covered with mosaics which were created as early as 1225 by unknown Venetian artists.

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    "The Gate of Paradise"

    by Sue08080 Written Jul 11, 2006

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    The duomo facade of pink, green and white marble is a delightful surprise, surrounded as it is by somber buildings. As you enter the piazza it's a magical vision!

    The three colors of marble seem as delectable as a wedding cake. Here you can see the delicate Campinale and the beautifully decorated Baptistry, with its magnificent doors, called by Michelangelo "the gates of Paradise".

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    Gates of Paradise

    by rcsparty Written May 1, 2006

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    The doors to the Baptistry which face the Duomo are beautiful bronze doors created by Ghiberti. The doors were described as the Gates of Paradise by Michaelangelo. The originals are in the Duomo museum. You can't miss these, as they will be the doors that have a mob of people surrounding them. I was fortunate to get a slight gap to shoot a picture.

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    Baptistry doors

    by margaretvn Updated Jan 29, 2006

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    Take a close look at the beautiful doors.
    These doors by Ghiberti were commissioned in 1401 to celebrate the cities deliverance from the plague. Ghiberti was chosen to make a set of doors after a competition which involved seven top artists. These included Donatello, and Brunelleschi.
    Ghiberti spent 21 years working on the North doors and was then commissioned to make the East doors (1424-1452). Michelangelo called the doors the 'Gate of Paradise'. The original doors are now displayed in the Museo dell Opera del Duomo and the ones on the Baptistry are copies.
    There are three sets of doors, the oldest being those on the south side.
    The south side doors illustrate the life of John the Baptist who is the titular saint of the Baptistery and the city's patron. They were fashioned by Andrea Pisano in the 1330's.
    The north doors were made in 1402 - 1425 and these doors show the life of Christ.
    The 'youngest doors' are the east ones and were called the 'Doors of Paradise' by my favourite artist Michelangelo. They show scenes from the Old Testament. They were modelled and cast by Ghiberti between the years 1425 - 1450. The doors have now been replaced by copies.

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    the Baptistery

    by margaretvn Updated Jan 29, 2006

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    The Baptistery of Saint John is the oldest building on the square. For years it was thought to be a pagan temple 'converted' for Christian use.
    In the 5th or early 6th century the first baptistery was erected in fron the the cathedral that was then there - the Santa Reparata. This early Baptistery building was similiar shape to the one we see today - octagonal. This octagonal shape is though to represent the 'octava dies' the eighth day - the time of the Risen Chist. It alludes to the hope of resurrection after death of the Christian faith.
    From the mid-11th century the Baptistery was reconstructed on a larger scale as we see it today. It was also decorated with expensive marble (a lot of it taken from ancient buildings). It was,for FLorence, a time of financial and political growth. Flroence became the seat of Imperial government in Tuscany and then it broke free from the Holy Roman Empire. During the 12th and 13th century the Baptistery was enlarged further with a monumental dome and a rectangular apse. Then from the 14th century the wonderful external sculptured decoration was added.
    When you enter the Baptistery you can see why it is traditonally said that it was once a Roman temple. The general arrangement of the large domed area recalls the Pantheon and it also has monolithic columns adn 2 sculptured sarcohagi. the wall decoration is geometrical amd the lovely mosiacs show Byzantine influence. All of this makes it a mixture of several cultures of Medieval Europe.
    Looking up from the font in the Baptistery you see a large Christ in 13th century mosaics and under his feet the dead are rising as in the Lasat Judgement. There are also the figures of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob the fathers of ancient Israel on Christs right head side. On his left is Hell with images of death.

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    Gates of Paradise

    by fishandchips Updated Jan 23, 2006

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    The east door of the Duomo is probably the most famous door with only the Jubilee door at St Peters in the Vatican more famous. Described at gates worthy of paradise by Michelangelo they are indeed a great sight. Ghiberti designed the east door which depicts scenes of the Old Testament. Damaged by floods in 1966 when the Arno got a bit full the original doors are in the Cathedral Museum with these ones very good copies.

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    Baptistry of Florence

    by geeyook Updated Nov 22, 2005

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    Dating back to ancient Roman times, the octagonal Baptistry is the oldest Christian Temple in the city. The current structure was built between the 11th and 13th century on the site of a pagan temple. The most famous feature of the Baptistry are the east facing guilded bronze doors by Ghiberti. The doors were dubbed "Gates of Paradise" by Michelangelo.

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    Eastern Door of Baptistry

    by geeyook Updated Nov 22, 2005

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    The current eastern doors are actually copies of the originals. Damaged by the centuries and a 1966 flood, the restored original door panels are housed in the nearby Opera Del Duomo Museum. Consisting of 10 gilded bronze panels depicting Biblical scenes, it took Ghiberti 27 years (1425-1452) to complete the massive doors to the Baptristry. Inspired by Ghiberti's masterpiece, Michelangelo called it the "Gates of Paradise". If you look carefully you will notice a self portrait of Ghiberti at the center of the door.

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    The Baptistery

    by ophiro Written Aug 31, 2005

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    The Baptistery is a beautiful building just in front of the famous Duomo.

    The Baptistery was built in the 11th century and you can see the doors with the famous "Gates of Paradise" - you can see on the doors stories from the bible like Adam and Eve , The Sacrifice of Abraham and more.

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    The Famous Baptistery Doors

    by dfactor Updated Aug 23, 2005

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    The octagonal plan of the Baptistery has 3 beautiful doors by Andrea Pisano and Lorenzo Ghiberti that draws the crowds.
    This photo shows the most famous East Door, which Michelangelo called Heaven's Door. The door has 10 panels form the scenes of Old Testament. It took Ghiberti 27 years to complete the massive doors to the Baptristry. If you look carefully you will notice a self portrait of Ghiberti at the center of the door.
    The current doors are actually copies of the originals, which are housed in the nearby Opera Del Duomo Museum.

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    Gates of Paradise

    by buzzz Written Aug 18, 2005

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    These are actually copies of the gates of paradise on the Baptistry. The originals by Lorenzo Ghiberti are housed in the Museo. The came by their name because Michelangelo thought that they where so beautiful he said that they could "grace the very gates of Paradise". Well he should know.

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    The Baptistery and the Gates of Paradise

    by Oana_bic Written Aug 3, 2005

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    The Baptistery was built around 6th or 7th century. Around 1400 the city had a competition to choose an artist to complete the doors for the north entrance. The competition ended in a tie between Brunelleshi and Ghiberti. Brunelleshi was insulted by the idea the Ghiberti was as good as him as at that time Ghiberti was only 23 years old. So Brunelleshi refused the work and left for Rome. This left Ghiberti to complete the doors. He worked about 2o years on the doors, which had about 30 bronze panels when completed. These sets of doors became know and the "Gates of Paradise."
    Models of the doors hang on the Baptistery today, while the originals are either at the local museum.

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    Gates of Paradise

    by TRimer Updated Aug 1, 2005

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    When you visit the Baptisery of San Giovanni be sure to take time to admire the golden gates (they are actually replicas). Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise (pictured here) depict stories from the bible.

    These doors took 27 years to complete (1425-1452), but the result was so outstanding (even Michelangelo said that they were "worthy of Paradise"), that they were hung on the east side, in the place of honour. The originals have since been replaced with copies after they were damaged in a flood in 1966.

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    The East Doors of the Baptistry

    by Willettsworld Updated Jul 9, 2005

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    Lorenzo Ghiberti's famous bronze Baptistry doors were commissioned in 1401 to mark the city's deliverance from the plague. Having already spent 21 years working on the North Doors, he spent some 27 years making these! Michelangelo dubbed them the "Gates of Paradise". The original ten relief panels showing scriptural subjects are now housed in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo as they were damaged over the centuries and by a flood in 1966.

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