The erstwhile cathedral of Florence, most famous for its dome and (if you don't have the time to go in) it's 10 panelled Doors to Paradise.
The Baptistery of San Giovanni is one of the most important religious buildings in Florence. It was dedicated to John the Baptist and every year they hold a celebration on 24th June. It was raised on the foundations of a Roman building, the structure is Tuscan Romanesque style. In the 11th century it also acted as the Cathedral for the city of Florence.Visitors from all over the world today come to see the famous 12th century mosaic dome and 10 panels of the Door of Paradise.
As this was one of the main religious structures in Florence, it is worth visiting to gain an insight into how important this Baptistery was at one time. The Baptistery contains the mosaic dome showing the Angel Hierarchies and scenes from Genesis and the Life of St. John the Baptist. The baptistery also contains the tomb of the Anti-Pope John XXIII who died in Florence in 1419.
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