The Gates of Paradise,
Florence Duomo Baptistry
Opposite the Duomo is its octagonal Baptistry, with several
decorated doors. Crowds gather to see only one set of gilded
bronze doors, the Gates of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti.
Ghiberti created ten, vivid, three dimensional
panels of Old Testament scenes.
This is Moses receiving the Ten Commandments.
David slays Goliath in the middle of a battle
at the bottom of this panel.
The Walls of Jericho are about to fall as the
Judean forces of Joshua blow their trumpets.
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