The Baptistery

The Baptistery is the most famous early Christian monument in all of Liguria, the building, built in the 5th-6th century AD with an internal octagonal plan and external decagonal, it stands on the ancient level of the city, adjacent to the Cathedral of San Michele Arcangelo

The interior is characterized by the original baptismal font, where the celebration of the sacrament of Baptism by "immersion" took place. There are also baptismal fonts from the late medieval and late sixteenth century. The vault of the central niche presents the magnificent polychrome mosaic, where the mysteries of the Christian faith are expressed through a rich symbolism with intense blue and yellow colors.

The entrance and the base are located below the current street level where the plan of the Roman city was.
The original masonry vault was destroyed during an incorrect restoration in 1898. During the works some late-ancient amphorae emerged used to lighten the dome; currently the Baptistery is surmounted by a wooden structure from the early 1900s.

Access to the Baptistery is with a guided tour of the Diocesan Museum staff.

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