A bronze replica of the south door of the Baptistery was unveiled on the feast day of Florence’s patron saint John the Baptist.

 

 

Paid for by the cathedral’s governing body Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore and crafted by Florence-based Galleria Frilli, the replica will replace the original by Andrea Pisano, which is undergoing restoration at the city’s Opificio delle Pietre Dure.

 

 

Standing four metres high, measuring 94 centimetres by 2.94 metres and weighing 800 kilos, like the original, the replica was made using the same techniques as 700 years ago.

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