Baptisteries of Italy
Latest update: 20 February 2022
The Baptisteries of Italy detailed here form a unique collection of buildings of architectural brilliance and dazzling displays of art.
These baptisteries are buildings in their own right, rather than the type that is situated within a larger church building.
The most famous of these buildings is the Florence Baptistery with its distinctive facade echoing that of the neighbouring Florence Cathedral and its gilded bronze doors fashioned by Lorenzo Ghiberti which took more than 25 years to perfect. Some of the baptisteries listed here date back to the paleochristian period of early Christian art and architecture of the 5th century AD.