Visitors can see Florence Baptistry mosaics up close
- It initially involves conducting studies on the current state of the mosaics to determine what needs to be done.
- During one botched effort in 1819, an entire section of mosaics detached.
- Visits are set to start Feb. 24 and must be reserved in advance.The octagonal-shaped baptistry is one of the most visible monuments of Florence.
- Some believe it was once a pagan temple, though the current structure dates from the 4th or 5th centuries.
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) Visitors to one of Florences most iconic monuments the Baptistry of San Giovanni, opposite the citys Duomo are getting a onceinalifetime chance to see its ceiling mosaics up c [+2918 chars]