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Begun in 1196, the baptistry was created in pink Veronese marble on an octagonal plan, probably by the Parma architect Antelami whose "hand" is recognised in the sculptures and the signature figure on the lintel on the north doorway. The Byzantine inspired interior has a remarkable collection of frescoes depicting the life of Christ and the Golden Legend. All in all this one of the most homogenous medieval monuments in northern Italy.

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    Frankly this was a letdown after touring the Duomo. Ironically, the Duomo was free and the Baptistry cost 7 Euros. I suspect much of the sculptures on the upper levels had been removed for restoration but I can't say for sure. Artwork pales in comparison to the Duomo but one must take into account it is about 300 years older.

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