Monday, March 17, 2008

The Baptistry of St. John Lateran

Yesterday we took the opportunity to visit the Baptistry of St. John Lateran which stands a short distance from the actual Basilica. As you might guess from its plain exterior, the octagonal structure is quite old. It was built in 440 on the spot where Constantine was reported to have been baptized.

Mom and some local crumbsnatchers we found, posing for a picture.

The interior of the baptistry - its more elegant side.

This is one of several side chapels. It's a time capsule of eras past. The apse mosaics are from the 4th century.

One of the many frescoes on the walls of the baptistry depicting scenes from Constantine's life. This one shows his triumphal entry into Rome after the battle of the Milvian Bridge.

Last stop before heading home - gelateria! Philly tries out a few new flavors......

1 comment:

DelGrosso said...

Mom found some awfully cute looking crumbsnatchers!!!