Baptistery of St. John, Pisa

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The construction of Baptistery of St. John, the largest baptistery in Italy, started in 1152 but unsurprisingly considering its size wasn’t finished until 1363. Take in the imposing 55 m (180 ft) building with its circumference of 107 m (352 ft). Observe how the building leans 0.6 degrees towards Pisa's cathedral. It was built on the same unstable sand as the famous leaning tower. The grand exterior architecture transitions from Romanesque style in the lower section to Gothic in the higher section. Inside the baptistery are stained-glass windows and a bronze statue of Saint John the Baptist. On two of the pillars, look for the signature of Diotisalvi, who designed the building. Add Baptistery of St. John to your Pisa travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Pisa trip builder website.
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  • Entry was not allowed however a quick glance from outside offered a good eye soothing view of this architectural piece.  more »
  • I actually found the Baptistry more impressive than the iconic bell tower. The carved stonework on the exterior is incredibly detailed and worth spending time to really appreciate. I did not venture.....  more »
  • The Baptistery was interesting. The murals on the ceiling were good and the sculptures at the fountain were good but we didn't find that there was a lot on the inside.  more »
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