The Episcopal Complex

The Episcopal Complex

Only during the construction of the metro network have they discovered what lies beneath Duomo. Before Duomo was built, on this turf there was an Episcopal complex consisting  of Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore and Basilica di Santa Tecla, which were demolished in order to build the cathedral.  Santa Tecla had an adjacent structure - a baptistery (a separate building used for baptism) called The Baptistery of San Givanni (Battistero di San Giovanni alle Fonti).
This baptistery was discovered just underneeth the entrance to Duomo (around 4 meter underneath the cathedral floor), and it can be visited from the chatedral.

Interesting facts

  • Baptisteries were built in octagonal shape (eight-sided shape) because the number 8 is a symbol of a new life in Christian numerology.

The Ticket price for The Episcopal Complex
The museum ticket price is 6 €.
Once you buy the ticket for the Museum of Duomo, you can access the Baptistry free of charge with the same one.

Working hours of The Episcopal Complex
The Episcopal Complex is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00 pm.

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