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Baptistery of San Giovanni

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The baptistery of Volterra, opposite the cathedral, shows a characteristic octagonal plan surmounted by a dome.
Built between the late 12th and the 13th century, the edifice synthesizes styles and suggestions mostly coming from the Pisan and Florentine area.
The façade shows a dichromatic masonry in white and black marbles; in the middle, a beautiful splayed portal is surmounted by a lintel and sculpted capitals recalling the modes of Pisan masters.
The interior is marked by six niches opened in the masonry and by a pavilion cover.
It guards interesting works of art of modern age, such as the sculptures by Mino da Fiesole and a baptismal font made in 1502 by Andrea Sansovino.

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12th-13th centuries


Valdera and Volterra itinerary