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[bap-tuh-stree, -tis-tuh-ree] /ˈbæp tə stri, -tɪs tə ri/
noun, plural baptisteries.
a building or a part of a church in which baptism is administered.
(especially in Baptist churches) a tank for administering baptism by immersion.
Origin of baptistery
late Middle English
1425-75; < Late Latin baptistērium < Greek baptistḗrion bathing place (see Baptist, -ery); replacing late Middle English baptizatory < Medieval Latin baptizātōrium Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Two grand porphyry columns, supporting an entablature, formed the portico of the baptistery, opposite side to where we entered.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • Probably it was a combination of baptistery with tomb-church.

  • In the forenoon we visited the cathedral, the baptistery and the Boboli gardens.

  • This was done, and the baptistery was erected in its first form.

    The Cathedral Builders Leader Scott
  • The baptistery is accessible by steps both from the basilica and the narthex.

    The Shores of the Adriatic F. Hamilton Jackson
  • The baptistery was built by Magister Diotisalvi, somewhere about 1152.

    The Cathedral Builders Leader Scott
  • This was the Capitol of the ancient city, and probably a street ran between the baptistery and the cathedral.

    The Shores of the Adriatic F. Hamilton Jackson
  • Guido was then called to Pisa, to sculpture the altar and font in the baptistery there.

    The Cathedral Builders Leader Scott
  • By these "second gates" are of course meant Ghiberti's second gates: in reality the "third gates" of the baptistery.

    The Story of Florence Edmund G. Gardner
  • The baptistery is to the south of the aisle that was the original church.

    A Spring Walk in Provence Archibald Marshall

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