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The columns support an octagonal entablature, which is 'spolia' from an ancient building. The entablature supports eight light grey marble Corinthian columns, which in turn support the wooden dome entablature. It is thought that these columns are 17th century replacements. - Picture of Battistero Lateranense, Rome

Photo: The columns support an octagonal entablature, which is 'spolia' from an ancient building. The entablature supports eight light grey marble Corinthian columns, which in turn support the wooden dome entablature. It is thought that these columns are 17th century replacements.

From Review : Recommended of Battistero Lateranense
dapper777 wrote a review Apr 2021
Monaco31,896 contributions2,782 helpful votes
+176
It took us two visits to the Baptistery to understand its plan, to read some literature about it and we finally were able to admire it in all its areas. The Lateran Baptistery (real name S. Giovanni in Fonte, "St. John of the water spring") is the oldest monumental Baptistery,
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Date of experience: February 2021
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