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Battistero, Pisa

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Religious Site
The construction of Battistero, 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. Plan your visit to Battistero and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Pisa vacation planner.
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  • This is a very interesting place- not overly ornate but still very beautiful in a simpler way. You can go up some steps to view from the upper gallery.The guide demonstrated the wonderful acoustics by...  more »
  • This beautiful baptistery was built not only for baptisms (during a time when one could not enter a cathedral until they were baptized) but also with such lovely acoustics that it's certain there was ...  more »
  • Try and catch the singing - wonderful acoustics. Calm atmosphere inside. Exquisite carvings and interesting history.  more »
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  • Wonderful place with amazing acoustics. Unfortunately my dad -who is in his late 80s and quite disinhibited- started clapping his hands to test the echoes and immediately we were thrown out of the building. So my advice is to enjoy quietly, and not to take an embarrassing dad with you (I am glad I took my dad here though)
  • This is the nicest baptistery I've ever seen (regarding the architecture and exterior). Go in and climb to the upper floor - you can get a really nice view of the duomo.
  • My highlight of Pisa. Be sure to be in the baptistery when they show off the acoustics. They're amazing, especially for musicians.
  • The detail around the baptistery is stunning. Inside is a little plain but worth seeing.
  • Stay long enough to hear someone sing into the dome. The acoustics are incredible.