Pisa Baptistery – Medieval Italy
The baptistery of Pisa, Italy
This baptistery is where people baptized their children 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, architects were changing over to the Gothic style. So they made the upper windows with the new fashionable pointed arches.
The inside of the baptistery, where people were baptized
The outside of Pisa’s baptistery is covered with white marble. It’s just across from the earlier Cathedral and the famous leaning tower.
Compare this baptistery to the baptistery in Florence, very close by. The people of Florence built their baptistery just a little earlier.
Learn by doing: find a building that uses marble and check it out
More Romanesque architecture
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Cite this page: Carr, K.E. Pisa Baptistery – Medieval Italy. Quatr.us Study Guides, July 31, 2017. Web. December 16, 2018.