09.02.2010 in the afternoon and evening.
Across from the Duomo is the Baptistery. The oldest structure in Florence, it was built in the 11th and 12th century Romanesque era of art, matching the style of the Duomo. Lorenzo Ghiberti pursued and won the commission of the Baptistery’s three sets of bronze doors, competing against Donatello and Brunelleschi. His opponents, upon seeing his work, which incorporated detailed scenes from the New Testament in each panel, willingly conceded the commission to Ghiberti out of respect. Even Michelangelo noted Ghiberti’s skill, exclaiming that the doors were fit to stand at the entrance to the Gates of Paradise. Ghiberti, after receiving so much attention and compliments for his work, claimed to have personally planned and solely created the Renaissance era (ha!).
Copies have replaced these “Gates of Paradise” (which were been placed in a museum to protect them from the elements).