St John Baptistry

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St John Baptistry information

Poitiers , France
rue Jean Jaurès
+33 5 49 41 21 24
full €1.00, child €0.50
Opening hours
Apr-Sep: Wed-Mon 10:30-12:30 & 15:00-18:00; Oct-Mar: Wed-Mon 14:30-16:30, Jul-Aug: open Tue
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One of Poitier's most celebrated gems is this baptistry, built in the 4th century on Roman foundations - making it (reputedly) the oldest Christian building in France. It was redecorated in the 10th century and used as a parish church. The octagonal hole under the impressive frescoes was used for total-immersion baptisms, practised until the 7th century.