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When it comes to the city of Pisa, Italyit's impossible not to think of its famous leaning tower. However, this Tuscan city is home to many other historic and religious monuments of great beauty. Visit Pisa Baptisterylocated in the Piazza dei Miracoli - also known as the Piazza del Duomo - is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable.

A little history: the origins of the Pisa Baptistery

Built alongside the cathedral and the campanile (the famous leaning tower), Pisa's Baptistery was designed by the architect Diotisalvi between 1152 and 1163, and completed in the 14th century under the aegis of Nicola e Giovanni Pisano. The choice of location is not insignificant:

  1. It is located directly opposite the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, testifying to the close relationship between these two religious monuments.
  2. Its proximity to the Camposanto Monumentale (the cemetery) underlines the importance attached to funeral rites in Christian culture.

The Baptistery is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, considered to be the precursor of Christ, and whose statue can be admired outside the building. Its architecture ingeniously blends Romanesque and Gothic styles, as evidenced by its blind arcades topped by lancets.

Visit the Baptistery of Pisa: challenges and prices

Discovering the Baptistery is a must-see during your stay in Pisa, as much for its historical value as for its artistic ... and acoustic interest: it houses several masterpieces of Italian statuary, such as the Christ in contempt by Andrea Pisano or the Christ's baptism by Nicola Pisano.

Entrance tickets: how much do they cost, and for how long?

Admission to the Baptistery of Pisa is modest in relation to its value: around €5 for adults and €2 for children aged 6 to 18. Admission is free for children under 6. You can also opt for a combined ticket that includes a visit to several monuments in the Piazza dei Miracoli.

In the latter case, allow half a day or even a full day to fully enjoy the visits. If you only want to visit the Baptistery, allow between 30 minutes and 1 hour to admire the interior and exterior of the monument.

Tour highlights: what not to miss

The Baptistery of Pisa is home to many artistic and architectural treasures that are an integral part of Italy's historical and cultural heritage. Here are just a few of the highlights not to be missed during your visit:

  • The entrance porch It is decorated with Romanesque sculptures, reflecting the period's taste for allegorical and religious imagery.
  • The interior Baptistery: austere but not devoid of charm, the baptistry is distinguished by its circular plan and the presence of a hexagonal white marble baptismal font in the center of the building.
  • The roof Once you've climbed the 207 steps, you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Pisa and the surrounding area. Don't hesitate to make the climb, despite the difficulty it may represent for some: it's definitely worth it.
  • Works of art in the building In addition to the aforementioned statues, you'll also have the chance to admire a number of frescoes, some dating back to the 13th century (such as the one of The Last Suppera major work attributed to Benozzo Gozzoli).
  • Acoustics ! If you're lucky enough to hear singing in the Baptistery, you won't forget it. Indeed, the sound inside is special and well worth hearing. Here's a short video to help you hear it:

Practical information for organizing your visit

To make the most of your visit to the Baptistery of Pisa, here are a few useful tips to keep in mind:

  • Opening hours The monument is open daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (times may vary according to season and religious events).
  • Traffic To avoid the crowds and get the most out of your visit, it's best to visit at off-peak times (early morning or late afternoon), and avoid public holidays and school vacation periods wherever possible.
  • Accessibility Access for the disabled: although access for the disabled is not ideal (staircases), arrangements have been made to enable them to visit part of the monument. Ask the staff on site for details.

The Baptistery of Pisa, with its wealth of art and history, and its harmonious blend of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, is a unique cultural experience that complements a visit to the famous Leaning Tower and the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta.

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