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The Baptistery of St. John

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Ranked #11 in Florence Local History
Churches and CathedralsHistorical Site
Open Open from 8:15am-10:15am,11:15am-6:30pm
Recommended sightseeing time:1 hour
Piazza San Giovanni, Florence ItalyMap

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Located in the west of the cathedral, the Baptistery is a white octagonal classical Romanesque building, the famous "Paradise Gate" is here. The next bell tower is 88 meters high, 13.7 meters square, divided into 4 floors of different architectural styles, forming a beautiful landscape.



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St. John's Baptistery is a baptismal church under the jurisdiction of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Hundred Flowers. There are entrances and exits on three sides due to the south, due north and due east, and the other five sides are closed. Among them, the relief panels of the east gate are all gilded, designed and cast by Lorenzo Ghiberti, which is called "Heaven's Gate" by Michelangelo, and is worth seeing. The Baptistery is a very old building in Florence, consecrated in the 11th century. Its architectural shape imitates the baptistery of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran. Its architectural style belongs to the Romanesque style, but the specific construction time is doubtful, it is said to be from 1059 to 1128.
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