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Roberto Mancuso

The First Octagonal Baptipstery...

Milan, Italy

September 21, 2011, 11:00 local time

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I suppose almost all of you know of the Duomo of Milan, but perhaps a few know that there is in the underground zone of the churchyard: the archaeological area of the Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti. Together with the Basilica of Santa Tecla, it was the religious centre of Milan in Sant'Ambrogio’s times (he was the patron of the city).

The Baptipstery is the first octagonal one of the Christian era; its shape was chosen by Sant'Ambrogio taking as a model the mausoleums, or sepulchers of emperors, as a symbol of "death" for the catechumen going into the font and then of rebirth to the new life after the baptism. In this Baptipstery, Sant'Ambrogio baptized Sant'Agostino on April 24th, 387, on Easter eve.


Suppongo che quasi tutti conoscano il Duomo di Milano, ma forse non tutti sanno che nella zona sottostante il suo sagrato c'e' l'area archeologica del Battistero di San Giovanni alle Fonti che, insieme alla Basilica di Santa Tecla, era il centro religioso di Milano all'epoca di Sant'Ambrogio (patrono della citta'). E’ il primo battistero ottagonale dell'era cristiana, voluto da Sant’Ambrogio ad imitazione dei mausolei, ovvero dei sepolcri degli imperatori, per simboleggiare la "morte" per il catecumeno che entra nel fonte battesimale, e la "rinascita" a nuova vita dopo il ricevimento del sacramento. In questo Battistero, Sant'Ambrogio battezzo' Sant'Agostino alla vigilia di Pasqua, il 24 aprile 387.


Europe / Italy

Lat: 45° 27' 51" N
Long: 9° 11' 25" E

Elevation: 122 s.l.m.

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Precision is: Unknown / Undeclared.


Camera: Nikon D70s, Lens: Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye, Panohead: Agno's TCP, Tripod: Feisol carbon fiber, Software PTGui.

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