Battistero di San Giovanni, Pisa

#2 of 51 in Historic Sites in Pisa
World heritage site · Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
The construction of Battistero di San Giovanni, 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 Battistero di San Giovanni to your Pisa travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Pisa trip builder website.
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  • Beautiful baptistry from the outside (we did not go inside on this visit). Basically the first building you see when you enter the Piazza.  more »
  • A beautiful structure greeting you first when you approach the area from the train station through the medieval walls. We were warned by the lady in the tourist information office, that there are...  more »
  • As well as the’Leaning Tower of Pisa’ There are other buildings within the grounds that are also well worth exploring and photographing here. Obviously these areas are much less crowded and more tranquil than the ‘main attraction’
  • Really beautiful. You can even get a view of the cathedral and the tower from the top. Try to be there when they demonstrate the echoes. Something extraordinary.

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