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"Gates of Paradise" Battistero San Giovanni- Baptistry Tip by TRimer

  Gates of Paradise
by TRimer

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.

Address: Baptisery of San Giovanni
Directions: Across from the Duomo
Phone: +39 055 230 2885

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  • Updated Aug 1, 2005
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