Battistero di San Giovanni, Pisa

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World heritage site · Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
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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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  • The bapistry and the cathedral are stunning externally They are very reasonable to access at 7 euros from the ticket office located off to the side The bapistry is surprisingly plain (I’m not sure....  more
    The bapistry and the cathedral are stunning externally They are very reasonable to access at 7 euros from the ticket office located off to the side The bapistry is surprisingly plain (I’m not sure....  more »
  • The outside of the building is beautiful and the inside interesting as such but we did not spend very long inside - it was a shame the upper levels were closed but I feel while in the Piazza dei... 
    The outside of the building is beautiful and the inside interesting as such but we did not spend very long inside - it was a shame the upper levels were closed but I feel while in the Piazza dei...  more »
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  • Tickets required, recommended to get the 10€ one. The structure itself is a beautiful one and has built in acoustics. RECOMMENDED, to stay there for the 30 minute mark of each hour and the start of each hour as there is usually a lady who demonstrates the acoustics. Inside is a spacious room said to be used for baptism once a year, lined with about a dozen or more stained glass pieces.
  • This is the largest building of its kind in Italy, and worth visiting for that reason alone. It’s worth the price of a combo ticket along with the cathedral and the leaning tower and can be toured at your convenience while you’re waiting for your scheduled time to climb the tower. Make sure to go up to the gallery inside, it has great views of the cathedral. Well worth seeing while waiting for your tower climb

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