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 exterior looks beautiful and adds character to the whole piazza. The interior is huge inside but the decorations and design was rather plain and simple. 
    The exterior looks beautiful and adds character to the whole piazza. The interior is huge inside but the decorations and design was rather plain and simple.  more »
  • We visited at opening hour and were very underwhelmed in this place. First of all, we had to dodge the cleaning crew. I can’t understand for the life of me why cleaning is not done before opening... 
    We visited at opening hour and were very underwhelmed in this place. First of all, we had to dodge the cleaning crew. I can’t understand for the life of me why cleaning is not done before opening...  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful monuments with the leaning tower of Pisa at the back side. The white colour attracts you to see and keep looking. The area is also very nice. You can also come to visit during sunset or at night for a different view. It's beautiful!! Must visit !!
  • 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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