Florence's Baptistery has a history that dates back over a millennium, and has seen the beginnings of many lives that changed history, including those of the Medici family and Dante Alighieri. The planning and construction of this building was based upon principles of Christianity, so it features an octagonal structure signifying the six days of creation, God's day of rest, and the day of re-creation. The Baptistery is famous for for its three sets of intricately crafted bronze doors, which were dubbed "The Gates of Paradise" by Michelangelo. This remarkable edifice has watched the evolution of Florence from Renaissance powerhouse into modern city. If you love the outside, buy a ticket across the square for entry, then step inside for an awe-inspiring show of gilded mosaics.
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