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The Florence Baptistery of St John Restoration Project

Updated: Apr 25


The Florence Baptistery of St John Restoration Project

Why Now is the Time to Visit the Florence Baptistery (Yes, Even if You've Been)

For the first time since the turn of the 20th century, the magnificent mosaics lining the cupola (dome) of the Romanesque-style Florence Baptistery are undergoing restoration, and interested visitors can view the process at eye level beginning February 24..." from the article: Why Now is the Time to Visit the Florence Baptistery (Yes, Even if You've Been)


Italian chapel embarks on restoration project - with unique views open to the public

Video from CBS Mornings


"The Baptistery of Saint John dates back to the 11th century and is one of the most sacred buildings in Florence, Italy. A major project is working to restore the millions of tiles on the chapel's ceilings. The process even remains open to the public. Dana Jacobson has more.' from the video introduction


History of the Florence Baptistery – Baptistry of San Giovanni in Florence

"The Florence Baptistery of San Giovanni is one of the oldest churches in Florence. The first religious structure built in this location dates back to the 4th or 5th century AD. Initially, it stood outside the city walls and only became part of the city with the construction of the fourth city wall.

San Giovanni Battista became the patron saint of Florence in the 6th century, during the Lombard rule under Queen Teodolinda. She chose him to protect her people and the cities she governed.

During Roman times, in the 1st century AD, there was a Roman domus or even a temple dedicated to the god Mars, as evidenced by the archaeological remains found.

Over the centuries, the structure underwent gradual modifications and was used to inaugurate knights, and oaths and celebrate the feast of San Giovanni.

In 1059, with the consecration by Pope Nicholas II, it officially became a church, and when the Duomo was built in 1128, it was transformed into a baptistery..." from the article:


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