Battistero San Giovanni & Gate of Paradise, Florence

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    Battistero

    by AgentJX Written Dec 23, 2002

    The battistero of the duomo is a great example of a Byzantine-style baptistery. The interior appears very simple until you look up, here is a very detailed fresco depicting the scenes described in Dante’s Inferno, who was christened in the battistero.

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    Battistero.

    by acemj Written Sep 12, 2002

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    The Baptistery has been a work in progress, with excavations revealing that the foundation dates to the 4th century, the exterior decorations from the 11th century and the interior mosaics from the 14th century. What you will surely remember most, however, are the bronze exterior doors and their panels by Ghiberti. The door facing the facade of the Duomo is the most magnificent, having been labeled the 'Gates of Paradise' by Michelangelo himself. They are truly spectacular.

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    Battistero San Giovanni

    by Bigs Written Nov 21, 2002

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    The battistero is seperated from the duomo, one fact that makes it special. Over a long time it has been the only building out of marble. It´s very important for the people of Firenze, because St. John(?) is the patrion saint of Florence.....

    The baptistery

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    'The Gates of Paradise'

    by rozehill Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Among the many treasures of Grace Cathedral, the ones most visible to visitors are the great east doors, replicas of the famed Doors of Paradise. Their shimmering gold surfaces are really amazing. The original doors, by master sculptor and craftsman Lorenzo Ghiberti, stood at the east entry of the ancient Baptistry of the Duomo in Florence, Italy. Now in the Duomo museum (relaced by a replica), they are considered by many art historians to mark the beginning of the Renaissance. Their popular name- Doors of Paradise- is based on a tradition that the young Michelangelo, greatly impressed by the doors, described them as worthy to be the Gates of Paradise

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    You can see the Battistero...

    by Patricialuv Written Aug 24, 2002

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    You can see the Battistero here, which is right next to the Duomo. There are banks to sit near them, but a lot of people prefer to sit on the stairs of the Duomo, chat, and have a good time there, many spending the night just chillin.

    Il Battistero

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    The Bapistry

    by Jim_Eliason Written Nov 10, 2011

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    One of the oldest structures in Florence going back as long as the 4th Century. Its most known for its famous gates of paradise doors by Ghiberti and its ceiling mosaic.

    The Bapistry The Bapistry The Bapistry The Bapistry The Bapistry
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    Inside the Baptistry

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 9, 2005

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    Colourful 13th century mosaics illustrating the Last Judgment decorate the ceiling above the octagonal font, where many famous Florentines, including Dante, were baptised.

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    15th Century 3-D

    by rexvaughan Written Jan 22, 2005

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    This detail of one panel from the Baptistry doors shows the three dimensional effect that Ghiberti achieved. Isn't it marvelous?

    Door detail
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    Baptistry - interiors

    by dvideira Updated May 30, 2004

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    The interior of this building is just as beautiful as the exterior. The walls are covered in green, black and white marble and ancient Roman columns lay below its mosaic ceiling.

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    more details of baptisterium door

    by sphynxxs Written Mar 21, 2004

    here is another detail of the baptisterium´s door - if you know some of my other travel pages, you know i´m a bit partial to angels....

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    Batistero South Door

    by bpwillet Written Feb 22, 2004

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    Designed by Andrea Pisano in 1336, these brass doors are the earlier predesesor to Ghiberti's "Gates of Paradise".

    Pisano's South Doors-Batistero
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    "Gate of Paradise" Detail

    by bpwillet Written Feb 22, 2004

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    This is one of the panels on Ghiberti's "Gate of Paradise" door, on the east side of the Batistero. It depicts the Biblical story of the fall of Jericho.

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    Look at the Golden Door...

    by mjmarble Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Look at the Golden Door directly across from the main enterance to the Duomo. They are wonderous dipictions of major bible scenes.

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    The Baptistry

    by PSK808 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Ghilberti's bronze baptistry doors, the 'doors of paradise', as Michaelangelo called them, are truly beautiful, as are the rest of the baptistry doors designed by Pisano.

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    Seeing the Baptistery.

    by srchlc Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Yes, they are replicas, but Ghiberti's doors are awesome. You will know why Michelangelo called them the 'doors to Paradise'.

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