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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  • 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’
  • A shame! It would have been great to see it but no one told us it was all in construction! Scaffoldings everywhere inside... we literally stayed 10 seconds inside because there is just nothing to see because of the work. We payed 7 euros per person for that and of course the person who sold us the ticket didn’t mentioned it was useless to visit it at the moment.

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