Varese, Baptistery of Saint John
The Baptistery of Saint John was erected during the 12th and 13th centuries in Romanesque-Gothic style on the foundations of an earlier sacred building from the 8th century.
The severe hut-shaped façade in Romanesque style is crowned by a series of small suspended arches and embellished by a niche with a statue of St. John the Baptist dating back to the 1300s. The church has a rectangular plan and is composed of a single nave and a presbytery surmounted by cross vault. Among the art works: the monolithic font, carved by a Master from Campione in the 1300s; 14th century frescoes attributed to the Master of the Fissiraga Tomb of Lodi; a fresco attributed to Gian Martino Spanzotti from Casale (first half of the 1500s).
Address: Piazza Battistero