the Baptistery

    The Baptistery (Battistero) is in front of the Duomo. It is likely the oldest building in Florence. A first octogonal baptistery was erected near the Duomo in the late 4th or early 5th century. The Battistero has eight equal sides, a symbol for the eternal life given through baptism.

    The bronze Baptistery doors are very famous: they are decorated with panels crafted by Lorenzo Ghiberti. It took him 21 years to complete the 'North Doors' and 27 years for the 'East Doors'. The East doors have scenes from the Old Testament. They were considered as the finest masterpieces ever that Michelangelo called them the "Gates of Paradise". The 'South Doors' were created by Andrea Pisano. The original doors "Gates of Paradise" were removed into the museum and replaced by reproductions.

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    the interior of Battistero di San Giovanni Church in Florence
    Inside the Baptistery
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