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Postcards from Parma
The Baptistery
The construction of the Baptistery began in 1196 on a design by the architect and sculptor Benedetto Antelami, who directed the work until 1216. The Baptistery is one of the most important Italian medieval monuments: the style is Romanesque, but shows strong influences by the early French Gothic. This irregular octagonal building rests on a base with steps and the eight facades have four rows of balconies.
Parma, Italy - The Baptistery