Battistero di Bergamo
Historic Building and Religious Building in Bergamo
This Battistero di Bergamo or Bergamo Baptistry is an octagonal baptistry was built in 1340.
The current building is the result of numerous changes of position across the centuries. It was built in 1340 inside the Santa Maria Maggiore Church, in the Città Alta, and remained there till 1661. Afterwards, it was dismembered and put back together twice in a very random way, adding several changes and remakes. It was relocated for the last time between 1898 and 1899 on the western side of the Piazza del Duomo, in the Upper Town, where it was recomposed in neo-Gothic style.
Inside, you’ll find bas-reliefs depicting key episodes from Jesus’ life (created by the 14th-century sculptor) Giovanni da Campione. On the exterior dome, eight statues represent each of the Christian virtues: Faith, Hope, Charity, Fortitude, Justice, Prudence, Temperance, plus Patience.