Baptistery of Pisa
This is where people were baptized
in medieval Pisa (PEE-za), in Italy.
The people of Pisa built their round baptistery in the
Romanesque style around 1150
AD. So the lower levels have round
arches. But by the time they finished building the upper part,
people were changing over to the Gothic
style, and the upper windows were made with pointed arches.
The outside of Pisa's baptistery is covered with white marble. It's just across from the earlier Cathedral and the famous leaning tower.
The inside of the baptistery, where people were baptized
Compare this baptistery to the baptistery
in Florence, very close by, which was built just a little earlier.
Learn by doing: find a building that uses marble and check it out
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