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Baptistere de Venasque

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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Don't miss the baptistry

The small church is worth a brief peek, but the real thing to see here is the baptistry behind the... read more

Reviewed August 4, 2018
emfeAthens_Georgia
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athens, georgia
Short worthwhile visit

I liked the mixture of pagan/Christian history and the St Siffrein story. I'm not Catholic and had... read more

Reviewed October 10, 2017
francofile104
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Nissan-lez-Enserune, France
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This building must have been originally a pagan temple dating from the 6th century . It has been rebuilt during the XI, XII, XIIIth centuries and restored during the XIXth century. The bishop was able to celebrate baptisms twice a year, the days...more
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Place du Presbytere | Derrière L'église, 84210 Venasque, France
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Reviewed August 4, 2018

The small church is worth a brief peek, but the real thing to see here is the baptistry behind the church. This is an ancient building full of history still in use today as a site for baptisms, according to the information provided during our...More

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Reviewed October 10, 2017 via mobile

I liked the mixture of pagan/Christian history and the St Siffrein story. I'm not Catholic and had never heard of the holy bit. Lovely little village with views overlooking the countryside.

Thank francofile104
Reviewed October 4, 2017 via mobile

In the centre of this large village, a very historic and ancient church and baptistry. Well worth visiting. Also tobenjoybthe views of the surrounding countryside and views of Mont Ventoux.

Thank Francis M
Reviewed September 16, 2017

Situated behind the church, the Babtistere would be easy to miss, which would be a real shame. This is a truly historic building that includes pagan, Roman and Christian relics. The building is in an incredibly good state of repair and is very atmospheric. The...More

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Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

Came here while on holiday. It's a few euros to get into which isn't bad cause when you get in the place is do good. Some really good information given to you while you are here. The building itself is lovely

Thank Paul A
Reviewed October 13, 2016

My experience of this beautiful and simple baptistery and especially the original baptismal font is what drew me for a repeat and prolonged visit to Venasque. The simple elegance inspires me! There are laminated sheets of description in several languages to give you background and...More

Thank SeattleSueSeattle
Reviewed July 12, 2016

This very old religious site, shaped as a 4-leaf clove and including an octagonal ritual bath dates back to the 6th century and re-uses older Roman columns and engraved stones. It was among the first sites listed as historical monuments in France, in 1840. Explanations...More

Thank RayAnh72
Reviewed December 1, 2015

Venasque is a charming little village, a Provence town at its best, especially if you can avoid the tourist season. The town church is interesting, but who can guess that behind it there is an ordinary door to what seems to be an ordinary house...More

Thank Bengt A
Reviewed October 14, 2015

This Baptistere was originally a Pagan temple so this for me was incredibly fascinating .It is worth while taking the written history notes .

Thank Valeria1837
Reviewed September 1, 2015

Since we first discovered the beautiful hilltop village of Venasque some 30 years ago it has been one of our favourite places in the world and we never tire of wandering it's quiet, narrow streets and admiring the lovely houses and monuments. The main church...More

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