Baptisteries

A building or a part of a building containing a baptismal font and set aside for the Christian ritual of baptism. Free-standing baptisteries are usually octagonal in shape; eight is the symbolic number of salvation.

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baptisteries
baptistery
baptistries
baptistry
doopkapellen Dutch
doopkapel Dutch
baptisteria Dutch
baptisterium Dutch
baptisterios Spanish
baptisterio Spanish

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Refers to separate buildings or parts of buildings containing a font for the baptismal rite.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300007444. The J. Paul Getty Trust.