Baptistry : Michelin's recommendations
This majestic building is built on a circular plan and is almost as high as the tower. It was built between 1153 and 1400. It was begun by Diotisalvi and a part of the sculpted decoration is by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano.The external ornamentation with blind arcades and colonnaded galleries has echoes in that of the cathedral, but as time passed it was extended in the Pisa Romanesque style. There are Gothic parts to the 2nd storey and in the gables and pinnacles which top the arcades on the 1st storey. Crowning it all is a dome which finishes in the form of a truncated pyramid and on top the Statue of St John the Baptist. It would take time to detail the doorways especially the one opposite the cathedral, the richest of the four, before going in to the interior which is an impressive 35m in diameter with high arcades on top of one another and its huge dome. Noble and bright, it has a wonderful echo: the attendant will happily demonstrate this, for which reason the entry is in small groups so the vocal performances are spread out every 12 minutes or so... Apart from this performance, there is the very attractive octagonal baptismal tank, by the Como artist, Guido Bigarelli (1246), and which was used for baptisms by immersion. The small tanks against the interior wall were kept for babies who could not swim at the time, there is also the admirable pulpit finished in 1260 Nicola Pisano.
- Address : P.za el Duomo I - 56126 Pisa56126Pisa
- Prices : 5 €
Opening hours :
- Apr-Sep: 8am-8pm; Oct: 9am-7pm; Mar: 9am-6pm; rest of year: 10am-5pm