Saint-Jean Baptistery
Rue Jean-Jaurès, 86000 Poitiers Route Planner
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Jun-Sep: 10.30am-12.30pm, 2pm-6pm; May-Jun: daily except Mon 2pm-6pm; rest of year: daily except Mon 2pm-4pm - closed 1 Jan, 1 May, 25 Dec


This baptistery, built in the mid-4C, is thought to be the oldest example of Christian architecture in Western Europe. Apart from the baptismal room with its octagonal pool, you will notice some Romanesque frescoes, moving in their magnificence, and an important lapidary museum housing a collection of Merovingian sarcophagi unearthed in and around Poitiers.


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