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The Baptistry

The building was begun in 1152, in order to replace a previous baptistry, smaller, that was to south of the Cathedral. The new positioning and the great dimensions are inspired to the Baptistry of Florence. It remained unfinished until the last decade of XIV century, when the loggia, the upper floor and the dome were finished in Gothic style by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano. It is the biggest baptistry in Italy: its circumference measure 107,24 meters, and its height is 54 meters. The portal, in front of the façade of the dome, brings on the lintel episodes of the life of Saint John the Baptist and Christ between Mary and the Baptist. The simple and surprisingly lacking in decorations interior has moreover one exceptional acoustics. The octagonal christening font in the center is dated back to 1246. The pulpit was carved between 1255 and the 1260 by Nicola Pisano, father of Giovanni Pisano, with scenes of the Life of Christ.

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