Baptistery of Pisa, Italy
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Baptistery of Pisa

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Pisa Baptistery

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.

Pisa baptistry
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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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
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