Baptistery of St. John (crs)
In the Town
Duomo of Pisa
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The Baptistery, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, stands opposite the west end of the Duomo. The round building was begun in the 1153. It was built in Romanesque style the architect Diotisalvi. Construction was finished in the 14th century, when the Gothic loggia, the top storey and the dome were added by Nicola Pisano and Giovanni Pisano. It is the largest baptistery in Italy. The portal, facing the façade of the cathedral, is flanked by two classical columns, while the inner jambs are executed in Byzantine style. The lintel is divided in two tiers. The lower one depicts several episodes in the life of St. John the Baptist, while the upper one shows Christ between the Madonna and St John the Baptist, flanked by angels and the evangelists. The octagonal font at the center dates from 1246 and was made by Guido Bigarelli da Como. The bronze sculpture of St. John the Baptist at the center of the font, is a the work of Italo Griselli. The pulpit was sculpted between 1255-1260 by Nicola Pisano, father of Giovanni Pisano, the artist who produced the pulpit in the Duomo.
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