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"Baptistery" Battistero San Giovanni- Baptistry Tip by codrutz


Vis-a-vis from the entrance of the Duomo you will find a fine example of the 11th-century Romanesque architecture - the Baptistery. I repeat: the baptistery was built in the 11th century, a couple of hundred years before the Duomo! It was the city cathedral until 1128 and it is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Many illustrious men of Florence, including Dante, were baptized here. The layout is basic, perfect octogonal with a 26 meters diameter. It's roof is pyramid-shaped and topped by a lantern with columns; it is also covered in white and green marble.

Address: Piazza del Duomo
Phone: +39 055 230 2885

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  • Updated Aug 22, 2006
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