sights / Religious

Battistero information

Rome , Italy
Street Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano
Getting there
metro San Giovanni
Opening hours
7am-12.30pm & 4-7pm
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Lonely Planet review

Around the corner from the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano is the fascinating octagonal battistero (baptistry). Built by Constantine in the 4th century, it served as the prototype for later Christian churches and bell towers. The chief interest, apart from the architecture, are the decorative mosaics, some of which date back to the 5th century.