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People often try to imitate a finished product if it has become popular When this is done after several years it is considered a revival Usually the artist or patron has a purpose such as modeling after a powerful culture or religious significance They may slightly change or mix other styles to make the best of past and present In Florence Italy there stands a baptistery It resides west of the Florence Cathedral which was modeled after the baptistery The Cathedral began in 1296 by Arnolfo di Cambio Although the two resemble each other they are considered to be from two different styles The Baptistery of S Giovanni is categorized as Romanesque while the cathedral is considered Gothic The exterior of the cathedral doesnt appear to be Gothic its the interior that is The baptistery possesses an octagonal structure with an extension to the west This extension was originally an apse There are doors to the north south and east sides All of the doors are decorated with beautiful sculptures The first doors were done by Andrea Pisano and set the standards for the next to come The second set the first done by Lorenzo Ghiberti were originally hung on the east end but were soon moved to the north side to make room for the final set These final doors by Ghiberti have earned the name Gates of Paradise The name S Giovanni was given to the baptistery because of the remains of Piazza S Giovanni found beneath the floor in a medieval cemetery Historians have argued the baptisterys date for a few hundred years and it is still completely unsure what is it The first recorded documentation of the baptisterys existence was March 4th 897 Many have come to agree that the original constructed was during the 6th and 7th centuries and much of the restoration happened around 1059 Through the years natures forces have taken their
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