Reconstructed in the mid-11th century, the cathedral baptistery is one of Florence's oldest buildings and greatest art treasures. It is covered inside and out with splendid medieval and Renaissance decoration.
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- Florence Baptistery
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- Piazza San Giovanni
- 43.773188° N, 11.255053° E
- Date Published
- October 8, 2013
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- April 11, 2015
Lorenzo Ghiberti wins competition to design doors of Florence Baptistery
Lorenzo Ghiberti wins the competition to design bronze doors for the Florence Baptistery. He will complete the north door in 1424 and the east door in 1452. Both are important works representing the transition from Gothic to Early Renaissance art.
The first baptistery of Florence is constructed in the 5th or early 6th century next to the ancient cathedral. It is smaller than the present baptistery but similar in form and in the same location.
Florence Baptistery is reconstructed
Florence Baptistery is reconstructed on a larger scale. This is the building that survives today, although its appearance will be much altered in the following centuries.
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