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I bought the combined ticket for the bell tower and the Baptistery, and headed up the tower first. The so called Torrazzo, is the third tallest brick tower in the world, and the oldest among those 3 towers. Completed in 1309 its height reached 112m...More
We visited the battistero with a joint ticket to the Torrazzo. The place is small but quite impressive, with a very peculiar shape and history. It can be seen in just 10 minutes, as the guy at the entrance of the Torrazzo advised us. Interested...More
It seems that many Italian cities compete with one another via their Cathedrals, Squares and Baptistries. Cremona does so too. Alas, its Baptistry is overwhelmed by its surrounding buildings. Yes, it is nice, but does not seem to this reviewer to be among Italy's most...More
The octagonal Baptistery is something special in Lombardi. This one is huge inside, built from brick. There is an altar, the statue of Gabriel from the top of the building and of course the marmor sacrarium.
Northern Italy cathedral cities sometimes have octagonal baptistries. This one is exceptional, highlighted with marble from nearby Verona. A small fee is charged to maintain it and for a little more the visitor is able to climb the nearby tower. During our visit, a local...More
The architect of this baptistry of St John anticipated the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence by two centuries. The construction was started in 1167 in the Romanesque style. Originally it had 4 doors but only the northern door remains open. This leads...More