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The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

Baptistery & Duomo, Florence: View On Black The Florence Baptistery or Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistery of St. John) is a religious building in Florence (Tuscany), Italy, which has the status of a minor basilica.


The octagonal Baptistery stands in both the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza di San Giovanni, across from the Duomo cathedral and the Giotto bell tower (Campanile di Giotto). It is one of the oldest buildings in the city, built between 1059 and 1128. The architecture is in Florentine Romanesque style.


The Baptistery is renowned for its three sets of artistically important bronze doors with relief sculptures. The south doors were done by Andrea Pisano and the north and east doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti. The east pair of doors was called by "the Gates of Paradise" Michelangelo.


Dante Alighieri and many other notable Renaissance figures, including members of the Medici family, were baptized in this baptistery. Until the end of the nineteenth century, all Catholic Florentines were baptized here.


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Taken on November 4, 2010