Battistero del Duomo di Padova - World Heritage Site

Battistero del Duomo di Padova - World Heritage Site

Battistero del Duomo di Padova - World Heritage Site
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  • JJJC_Family
    775 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best baptistries around
    My favorite is the one in Florence and I doubt I will ever see one top it. However, this one is in the top tier, close to the top. They take you on a long tour of it with an excellent explanation of what you see. What you see is unbelievably good frescoes, walls, ceilings, so densely packed you need three or four tours to really be able to absorb it all. We wanted to do a second tour, ourselves. We just did not have the time. And this was our second visit to Padua and we had seen it before. How good is it? The famous Scrovegni Chapel gets star billing in Padua and there is no question it’s very good and that its place in art history is undisputed. Giotto was a pioneer that opened the doors to the Renaissance art to follow. Just the same, I like this baptistry far more. Although, you would be cheating yourself if you did not see both and more if you visit Padua, one of the most underrated cities in Italy, in my opinion, like Mantua. By the way, read the entry in Wikipedia, fascinating stuff.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Marcus G
    Stroud, United Kingdom337 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Astonishing baptistry, elegantly explained.
    The Duomo itself is interesting but the Baptistry is phenomenal. Small group tours see an audio visual which is multilingual and informative before going into the Baptistry itself. A second audio visual guides you around the walls and paintings before you have chance to take it all in for yourself. There is plenty of time to appreciate the marvels you are seeing and is worthwhile.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 November 2023
  • Anna H
    Chicago, Illinois1,175 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Elegant dome
    Elegant frescoes decorate this former funerary chapel that became the baptistry. The entry includes a short film, and then you enter the building itself. The audio guide is timed with the lighting, so that you can better understand the Bible stories being portrayed.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 November 2023
  • coconutugly
    Marbella, Spain1,998 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place blew my mind!!!
    Initially on the Do not Miss list this didn’t make an appearance, nor did it seem to feature on my travel pages. Walked across Padua to see it. They assign you a time slot, then they show a 5 min mandatory video, and then you have about 20mins inside. The audio is included. THE artwork LITERALLY blew my mind, it might be one the most impressive domes i have seen. Like a kid, i loved when they turned the lights off and highlighted the certain zones being explained. Do not miss it.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 December 2023
  • ANGELO V
    Milan, Italy4,262 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unmissable!
    The Baptistery of the Cathedral of Padova is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Preserved inside is one of the most important fresco cycles of the 14th century, a masterpiece by Giusto de' Menabuoi. Entrance is by small groups, every 30 minutes, from the ticket office managed by Kalata', on the opposite side of the square, at the entrance of the Diocesan Museum. Audioguides are provided, explaining the history of the frescoes and their meaning. The Baptistery was built starting from the 12th century. In the following century it underwent various reworkings , and was consecrated in 1281. Between 1370 and 1379 it was restored and adapted as a mausoleum for prince Francesco il Vecchio da Carrara and his wife, Fina Buzzaccarini. The latter oversaw the decorative work, entrusting it to Giusto de' Menabuoi. The cupola shows a Christ Pantocrator, around which turns a wheel with multi-layered spokes made of angels and saints, and the Mother of God. The paintings that cover the walls show scenes from the life of St. John the Baptist (to the left of the entrance), Mary, and Jesus. The entire fresco cycle is breathtaking, and the Baptistery is part since 2021 of Padua's fourteenth-century fresco cycles UNESCO world heritage site, together with Scrovegni Chapel, Church of the Eremitani, Palazzo della Ragione, Chapel of the Carraresi Palace, Basilica and Monastery of St. Anthony, Oratory of St. George, Oratory of St.Michael. A cumulative ticket called “Urbis Picta” (painted town) is available to visit all the UNESCO sites in Padova.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 March 2024
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Mats j
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Business
It’s a small city but feels bigger. Lots to do and see and easy to walk around. The basilica is fantastic. I was very surprised by its beauty and size. It’s even free to enter.
Written 10 May 2024
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ANGELO V
Milan, Italy4,262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The Baptistery of the Cathedral of Padova is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Preserved inside is one of the most important fresco cycles of the 14th century, a masterpiece by Giusto de' Menabuoi.

Entrance is by small groups, every 30 minutes, from the ticket office managed by Kalata', on the opposite side of the square, at the entrance of the Diocesan Museum. Audioguides are provided, explaining the history of the frescoes and their meaning.

The Baptistery was built starting from the 12th century. In the following century it underwent various reworkings , and was consecrated in 1281. Between 1370 and 1379 it was restored and adapted as a mausoleum for prince Francesco il Vecchio da Carrara and his wife, Fina Buzzaccarini. The latter oversaw the decorative work, entrusting it to Giusto de' Menabuoi.

The cupola shows a Christ Pantocrator, around which turns a wheel with multi-layered spokes made of angels and saints, and the Mother of God. The paintings that cover the walls show scenes from the life of St. John the Baptist (to the left of the entrance), Mary, and Jesus.

The entire fresco cycle is breathtaking, and the Baptistery is part since 2021 of Padua's fourteenth-century fresco cycles UNESCO world heritage site, together with Scrovegni Chapel, Church of the Eremitani, Palazzo della Ragione, Chapel of the Carraresi Palace, Basilica and Monastery of St. Anthony, Oratory of St. George, Oratory of St.Michael. A cumulative ticket called “Urbis Picta” (painted town) is available to visit all the UNESCO sites in Padova.
Written 1 March 2024
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coconutugly
Marbella, Spain1,998 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Initially on the Do not Miss list this didn’t make an appearance, nor did it seem to feature on my travel pages. Walked across Padua to see it. They assign you a time slot, then they show a 5 min mandatory video, and then you have about 20mins inside. The audio is included. THE artwork LITERALLY blew my mind, it might be one the most impressive domes i have seen. Like a kid, i loved when they turned the lights off and highlighted the certain zones being explained. Do not miss it.
Written 2 December 2023
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Anna H
Chicago, IL1,175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Elegant frescoes decorate this former funerary chapel that became the baptistry. The entry includes a short film, and then you enter the building itself. The audio guide is timed with the lighting, so that you can better understand the Bible stories being portrayed.
Written 13 November 2023
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Marcus G
Stroud, UK337 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
The Duomo itself is interesting but the Baptistry is phenomenal. Small group tours see an audio visual which is multilingual and informative before going into the Baptistry itself. A second audio visual guides you around the walls and paintings before you have chance to take it all in for yourself. There is plenty of time to appreciate the marvels you are seeing and is worthwhile.
Written 9 November 2023
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sarahcK781SR
Weston super Mare, UK452 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Wow...this was a surprise. The paintings in here from floor to ceiling are totally amazing. Breath-taking in detail. An audio guided visit of only 45 minutes but a must.
Written 31 October 2023
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Ace6of6Clubs
Calgary, Canada131 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We missed out on seeing the baptistery - apparently they expect you to show up fifteen minutes early for your appointment, which we didn't know about. The visit is supposed to be a fifteen minute video, then fifteen minutes in the baptistery, and with our train we couldn't stay for the next slot, half an hour after the one we had scheduled, but it was nice of them to offer, and a guide took us on a whirlwind tour of the museum part so we at least got to see something. Very kind staff, just make sure you turn up early.
Written 20 August 2023
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JJJC_Family
Virginia775 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
My favorite is the one in Florence and I doubt I will ever see one top it. However, this one is in the top tier, close to the top. They take you on a long tour of it with an excellent explanation of what you see. What you see is unbelievably good frescoes, walls, ceilings, so densely packed you need three or four tours to really be able to absorb it all. We wanted to do a second tour, ourselves. We just did not have the time. And this was our second visit to Padua and we had seen it before. How good is it? The famous Scrovegni Chapel gets star billing in Padua and there is no question it’s very good and that its place in art history is undisputed. Giotto was a pioneer that opened the doors to the Renaissance art to follow. Just the same, I like this baptistry far more. Although, you would be cheating yourself if you did not see both and more if you visit Padua, one of the most underrated cities in Italy, in my opinion, like Mantua.

By the way, read the entry in Wikipedia, fascinating stuff.
Written 14 July 2023
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JennyWoof
Melrose, MA119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We happened on the baptistry and took the tour, which is basically a video program followed by entry into the baptistry. The video program turned out to be terrific - it made the visit to the baptistry much more interesting and understandable. Happens to be just beautiful - it was not in our original plans and really happy we visited, one of the highlights of our time in Padua.
Written 29 May 2023
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Julia H
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
A really inspiring building with beautiful artwork and stunning architecture. Not as ornate as the Basilica but it speaks with t's own voice.
Written 8 April 2023
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