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Baptistry of San Giovanni
The most impressive features inside the octagonal baptismal church with its white-green marble cladding are the huge Byzantine dome mosaic, and the beautiful 12th century mosaic floor. The three bronze doors of the baptistery merit close inspection. The most famous of these - the so-called "Gates of Paradise" - faces the Cathedral. Lorenzo Ghiberti's workshop spent 26 years, from 1426-52, making the door which has ten bronze panels depicting scenes from the Old Testament. The bust of the bald man on the left door wing is a self-portrait by Ghiberti. Some of the reliefs were washed away in 1966 when the Arno burst its banks, and have been replaced with copies. The door has now been regilded and its splendour restored. The original panels which have been restored are in the Cathedral Museum. The North Door, with its 28 panels, was also made by Lorenzo Ghiberti. The oldest is the South Door (1330-36) on which Andrea Pisano depicted the spiritual and worldly virtues.
Mosaics, the like of which are not to be found anywhere else in Florence, glitter and shine in the interior of the octagonal baptist church - this is most delightful when the sun is in the west.
Large Byzantine cupola mosaic and beautiful mosaic floor dating from the 12th century.
 
Address
Piazza S. Giovanni
50143 Firenze

Contact Details
www.operaduomo.firenze.it


Opening times
Mon-Sat: 12:00 - 19:00
Sun: 08:30 - 14:00


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