Baptistery of St. John, Pisa

#2 of 51 in Historic Sites in Pisa
World heritage site · Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
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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  • After the tower of Pisa we also step inside the baptistery (5 EUR), which is also the largest baptistery in Italy. How beautiful and impressive the exterior is, the interior is so bare. Quite a...  more »
  • This Baptistery is just... Huge The dimensions, especially from the inside, are really impressive. And you will notice that this building is also leaning :)  more »

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