Pisa Baptistery – Medieval Italy

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The baptistery of Pisa, 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 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.

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By |2017-07-31T09:25:49+00:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|0 Comments
Cite this page: Carr, K.E. Pisa Baptistery – Medieval Italy. Quatr.us Study Guides, July 31, 2017. Web. December 16, 2018.

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Dr. 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 Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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