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Battistero di Parma

Battistero di Parma

Battistero di Parma
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ginsengNewYork
new york1,015 contributions
SIMPLY DIVINE ;-)
Aug 2021
This octagonal baptistry in pale pink marble, is well worth the detour and the price ( ticket is to be purchased at the Diocesan museum right across the plaza). Built during the transition from Romanesque to early Gothic architecture, its interior includes 4 tiers of open loggias with architraved portals covered with frescoes.depicting biblical scenes. The somptuous cupola, umbrella like, is divided into 6 concentric horizontal bands: the 1st one is about Abraham; the 2nd one about John the Baptist; the 3rd one depicts Christ with the Virgin and prophets; the 4th and 5th ones, I forgot about...
My favorite portal is that of the Redeemer flanked by two jambs showing the works of mercy and the 6 ages of man.
But what I liked most were the reliefs depicting the months of the year and their zodiac signs !
Written 13 September 2021
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Yvonne O
The Netherlands481 contributions
Expensive but stunning
Aug 2021
Stunning structure, beautifully decorated. Nothing to indicate you have to buy tickets on the far side of the plaza. TBH I found 12 Euros much too expensive for just this one building but I am glad I visited. Museum (at ticket office) has no information in English, so don't bother unless you are a real historian and know what you're seeing.
Written 23 August 2021
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Jake23
New Jersey6,074 contributions
Very nice
Jun 2021 • Couples
The structure is beautiful and worth visiting. Located in the historic center of Parma amongst some other beautiful attractions.
Written 27 July 2021
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MiamiKeyWest
Amsterdam847 contributions
Brilliant
Sep 2020
Second time very impressed with Battistero. Unfortunately : they have no program listed, opened at 09:45 instead of 09:30 and you need to guess that you buy tickets at the museum on the opposite side of the plaza.
Written 23 September 2020
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jvlseattle
Foligno, Italy86 contributions
Overwhelmingly Beautiful
Aug 2020
We spent a lot of time here. So much to take in from a number of time periods. The baptistry was built between 1196 and 1216. The frescoes and friezes combine harmoniously and really bring the subjects to life. The cupola frescoes are from the 13th century It is mesmerizing to look up at them. You do have to purchase your ticket at the Diocesan museum across the piazza. During this visit we did not have time to see both, but the admission price was worth it just to see the Baptistry. Next time we will see both.
Written 27 August 2020
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TandemSpirits
Foligno, Italy496 contributions
A Surprisingly beautiful Battistero
Aug 2020
This is an awesome structure where you are surrounded by frescoes that date back to 13th and 14th Centuries. We spent a long time enjoying its tranquil feel. I highly recommend a visit.
Written 15 August 2020
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aa27
Lausanne, Switzerland545 contributions
Incredible interior
Feb 2020 • Couples
You need a ticket, but you get a good audio guide with it, so you can understand the content of each painted scene in all the different levels of painting, up to the centre of the dome. Very nice indeed.
Written 14 February 2020
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Familie M
Germany126 contributions
First, get the tickets
Jun 2019
It might be a nice place - but first you need to find the place to get the tickets and don't expect this place is open when the Battistero is open.
Written 2 February 2020
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Nataliia G
Moscow, Russia519 contributions
Battistero di Parma
Dec 2019
The baptistery is a special room next to the temple for performing the rite of baptism. Baptisteries were built in the early Christian era specifically to baptize a large number of people.
The baptistery is an octagonal tower faced with pink marble. The building was built by Benedetto Antelami in 1196-1260 in the Romano-Gothic style. He also created relief decorations on the facade and internal walls of the building. On the inside of the dome there are frescoes from the life of Christ.
Written 22 January 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,755 contributions
Lots to See Even If You Don't Go Inside
May 2019
The Baptistery was closed when we were there. I'm not sure whether it was because of renovations or just bad timing. In any case, we only saw it from the outside. Having said that, the outside is lovely and the very beautiful Cathedral is conveniently right next door and was open all day. The whole piazza is so beautiful - its not tone missed.
The Baptistery has a classic octagon shape (like the one in Florence) and is very pretty with soft blush pink Veronese marble contrasting with white marble.
It was built in the 1190s - it's quite incredible to stand in front of it and think of the manpower and hours of labour that must have gone into it.
The outside was covered by some scaffolding when we were there in May which meant that our photos weren’t the best but then again, you can’t really complain when 800+ year old buildings need some upkeep from time to time.
The decorated arches of the doorways and portals were not covered so you could see them clearly. The portal looking out towards the piazza was the most significant one and was the one where the Bishop traditionally made his solemn entrance (pilgrims used the other doorways). Above the bishop’s door is the Virgin Mary with baby Jesus. She is sitting about a row of waves that represent the water used in baptism to wash away sin.
A series of small panels running around the baptistery walls caught my eye. You can see them easily because they are quite low down, only about 2m above the ground. We couldn't see them all but in total there are 75 and each one has a different image of a mythical creature, an animal or a human, including mermaids, centaurs, unicorns, basilisks, harpy, griffons, birds, a donkey. It wasn't clear why a mermaid or a unicorn would be on a church was but they were intriguing.
Written 1 January 2020
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