Although the Baptistery's precise origins remain unclear, its foundations are known to date back to Roman times. The central ... More
Battistero di San Giovanni
Although the Baptistery's precise origins remain unclear, its foundations are known to date back to Roman times. The central doors are stunning works of art, depicting scenes from the Old and New Testament and they have been called The Gates of Paradise. Lorenzo Ghiberti who worked on them from 1403 to 1424 designed these ornate doors. Inside, the octagonal structure is richly decorated with Roman columns and gilded column heads. The floor's marble inlay features Islamic-style patterns and the apse is decorated with 13th-century mosaics. Coppo di Marcovaldo and Cimabue were among those involved in the cupola's decorative mosaic work.
The Basilica di Santa Maria Novella church was built in 1278 by architects Fra Sisto and Fra Ristoro, who were
part of the Dominican order. The work was carried on by Fra Jacopo Talenti and Fra Giovanni da Campi ...
Inside this garden lies the Buontalenti grotto (1583 1593). Decorated with Mannerist style scenes from Greek and Roman mythology, the
grotto includes copies of Michelangelo's famous Slave series, the originals of which were transferred to the Galleria dell'Accademia. In ...
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