St. John's Baptistery, Pisa - Tracy McCrackin Photography

St. John's Baptistery, Pisa

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The Pisans attacked the city of Palermo on the island of Sicily in 1063. The attack was successful and the conquerors returned to Pisa with a great deal of treasure. To show the world just how important the city was, the people of Pisa decided to build a great cathedral complex, the Field of Miracles. The plan included a cathedral, a baptistery, a bell tower (the Tower of Pisa) and a cemetery.

The first building constructed at Campo dei Miracoli, Pisa, was the cathedral, or Duomo di Pisa, which rests on a white marble pavement and is an impressive example of Romanesque architecture.  The next building added was the magnificent Il Duomo (Italian for The Dome) and the St. John's Baptistery.

Even the harshest skeptic must admit the Leaning Tower is the drawcard of the square.  But once there, it’s the whole complex that captures you.  The centerpiece is Il Duomo, the Cathedral, one of Italy’s major architectural monuments.  The grey and white striped stonework is a trait unique to Tuscany. The cavernous interior features 68 soaring stone columns.

The candlelight doesn’t quite reach the ceiling, making them appear endless, as if reaching for the heavens while the enormous gold mosaic of Christ looks down from behind the altar.  The Piazza of Pisa is the most splendiferous assemblage of Romanesque architecture in Italy. Faced in gray-and-white striped marble and bristling with columns and arches, the cathedral, with its curiously Islamic dome and matching domed baptistery, rises from an emerald green lawn.

This "St. John's Baptistery" image captures the ornate architecture of this lovely structure.  Add this timeless Italian architecture image to your home, office or cubicle. Your image will be printed using high-quality papers with a high color accuracy, which guarantees that your prints will last a lifetime without fading.