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Saint John’s Baptistery – Secrets and legends

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Saint John's Baptistery is shrouded in a number of curious mysteries. On the side facing via Roma, for example, the structure's base features a bas-relief portraying some sort of naval battle, actually the side of an ancient Roman sarcophagus inserted into the Baptistery's wall. Meanwhile, on the right-side column of the building's main entrance, facing via dei Calzaiuoli, one can spot what looks like a footprint about half a meter off the ground. According to legend, in the first half of the 7th century Liutprand, King of the Lombards, placed this mark here as an official reminder of the new standard unit of measurement for commercial transactions... which became known, of course, as a "foot".

Saint John’s Baptistery – Secrets and legends

Piazza di San Giovanni, 1, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

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