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Baptistery, Volterra

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  • Really very impressive monument. Inside you can sit and watch the walls in mixed blocks
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  • The building is octagonal and dates from the second half of the 13th century. The side facing the Cathedral is characterized by a jacket with white and green marble bands and is decorated with a Romanesque Portal whose work would be attributable to workers headed by Nicola Pisano. Right above the front door you can see a marble slab with a rectangular shape divided into two parts. Continuing to move to the right one finds a small door approach, relating to a side entrance. Outside you can admire at the center of the walls two small Windows on two orders. Inside, with the marvellous baptismal font of Giovanni Vaccà, there are six niches and everything is covered by a dome. Inside is still opposed to the front door, an altar dating from the second half of the 18th century. The scarsella, enclosing the table of the Ascension of Nicholas Cercignani and located above the altar, were performed by Balsimelli da Settignano designed by Mino da Fiesole. The painting is damaged at the top by the war of World War II. To the right of the altar there is the ancient baptismal font by Andrea Sansovino in 1502. The large baptismal font in the Center is the work of John Vaccà performed in the year 1759, and is topped by a statue of Saint John the Baptist performed by Giovanni Antonio Cybei in the year 1771. To the right of the entrance door there is a sepulchral Etruscan cippus of marble that was overthrown and dug and acts as a holy water stoup.
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  • Simple chapel on a small square. Soothing and cooling to take place. Large font middle in Chapel.
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