Lorenzo Ghiberti and the Gates of Paradise

New Museum dell'Opera in Florence

The Museum dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as Museum of the Opera del Duomo of Florence, located 2 minutes walking distance from Tourist House Ghiberti, reopened in 2015 following a major restoration. The museum houses and displays masterpieces and decorations from the religious buildings of Florence's Cathedral, the Baptistry and Giotto's Bell Tower.

Besides the statues and reliefs in marble, bronze and silver by the prominent artists of Italian Middle-Ages and Renaissance, included  Michelangelo, Arnolfo di Cambio, Donatello, Antonio del Pollaiolo, Luca della Robbia, Tino di Camaino, Ghiberti, Verrocchio, the main attraction of the Museum is the masterpiece by Lorenzo Ghiberti: The Doors of Paradise, also known as the Gates of Paradise.

History of the Gates of Paradise

Ghiberti was a goldsmith and sculptor who lived in Florence in the 15th century and was commissioned the magnificent door for the east entrance of Florence's Baptistry located in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Lorenzo Ghiberti and his son Vittore worked on it from 1425 to 1452, creating one of the most stunning and legendary masterpieces of Florentine Renaissance. As they needed a large workshop as close as possible to the Baptistry and the Cathedral, they were allowed to use the building that today houses Tourist House Ghiberti!
Once placed at the entrance of the Baptistry, the doors, which are fully covered with gold-leafed bronze, amazed the whole city, and even Michelangelo Buonarroti was so struck that he named them ''Gates of Paradise''.

After the Florence Flood

In 1966, Florence flood seriously damaged Ghiberti's doors which were removed and replaced by the actual entrance of the Baptistry. After 27 years of restoration it is possible to admire again the Gates of Paradise in the Museum of Opera del Duomo.

Book now your room at Tourist House Ghiberti in order to fully enjoy the charm and history of Florentine Renaissance. We look forward to welcome you!

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