Rome – Lateran Baptistery
The domed octagonal Lateran Baptistery stands somewhat apart from the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome, to which it has become joined by later construction. This baptistery was founded by Pope Sixtus III in 440, perhaps on an earlier structure, for a legend grew up that Constantine the Great had been baptized there and enriched the structure. However it is more likely that if he was baptized it was in the Eastern part of the Roman Empire and possibly by an Arian bishop. This baptistry was for many generations the only baptistery in Rome, and its octagonal structure, centered upon the large octagonal basin for full immersions provided a model for others throughout Italy, and even an iconic motif of illuminated manuscripts, "The fountain of Life".
Around the central area, where is the basin of the font, an octagon is formed by eight porphyry columns, with marble Corinthian capitals and entablature of classical form. On the ceiling of the Baptistry is the story of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge (312). An ambulatory surrounds the font and outer walls form a larger octagon. Attached to one side, towards the Lateran basilica, is a fine porch with two porphyry columns and richly carved capitals, bases and entablatures.
Its plain brick exterior is embellished with a frieze designed by Francesco Borromini in 1657, incorporating the arms of Pope Alexander VII.
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batalay (35067) 2014-04-05 7:54
Caro amico, Romano,
Spectacular shot and the first image I've seen of the interior of the Lateran Baptistery. I had heard about it from my Italian aunt, Adriana d'Amico. The perfectly symmetric presentation works especially well.
snunney (80731) 2014-04-05 7:59
A superb capture of this magnificently decorated interior. Perfectly exposed with sumptuous colours and detail. Excellent photography.
tyro (19316) 2014-04-05 7:59
I love photographs of church interiors and this is a delightful one, full of wonderful rich colours and with amazing details, especially when viewed at its full size of 2333 x 3500 pixels when even the smallest script is readable. An interesting note too. How fortunate you are to live in a city which such an amazing wealth of places like this!
You have composed this picture very well and you have coped with the low light admirably. A beautiful photograph perfectly presented.
Noel_Byrne (22128) 2014-04-05 8:21
Una bella idea per inquadrare il battistero in questo modo con le colonne dettagliate, il risultato è davvero interessante. La luce dorata dentro l'inquadratura è caldo e accogliente, e il dettaglio delle opere d'arte un capolavoro. Le doppie colonne all'interno è davvero insolito troppo, questa è la prima volta che ho visto questo utilizzato in questo modo. Come sempre qui in TrekEarth, conoscere il mondo attraverso la fotografia!
Grazie come sempre
ricardomattos (4318) 2014-04-05 8:49
Beautiful details inside this Basilica . Impressive this artwork here. Excellent note too.
jemaflor (82128) 2014-04-05 10:24
Nice architecture, well taken and managed, exposure is perfect, beautiful result with the golden light.
siudzi (32829) 2014-04-05 10:36
Very interesting interior shot taken with good exposure and sharpness. Like the warm tonality of the scene and brilliant framing which made it so eye-catching. Well done! TFS!
rogerl (1544) 2014-04-05 10:43
Romano, this looks like a gorgeous place, and you have given us a great taste of it here. The vertical presentation is a good choice, giving a sense of how far up it goes, and the details are all very sharp. I have never been to this baptistery; I'll have to remember it when I'm in Rome again. Thanks.
Silvio1953 (118330) 2014-04-05 11:41
Ciao Romano, favoloso interno, splendida luce e piacevole simmetria, bravo, ciao Silvio
tenretin (2408) 2014-04-05 15:04
Your photo is superb and it allows good contact with the place. Despite the hindsight you've taken advantage of the location.
Thank you for sharing.
carlo62 (29483) 2014-04-05 15:04
bella inquadratura e bella esposizione, questa opera d'arte è piena di meraviglie.
Non avevo mai visto l'interno, un vero peccato, dovrò rimediare...
lousat (73987) 2014-04-05 15:06
Ciao Romano,impeccabile,in una simmetria pressoche' perfetta e con esposizione impressionante,vedo che la tua nuova macchinetta la sai gia' manovrare alla grande,i risultati si vedono,anche se mi aspettavo un altro scatto liberty..ehehe...buona Domenica,Luciano
timecapturer (46547) 2014-04-06 2:45
a beautifully composed and framed image of this fabulous interior. So much creativity and exquisite artistry to admire in this amazing shot. Love it!
Enjoy a peaceful Sunday - B.
krzychu30 (15348) 2014-04-06 3:35
beautiuful interior and outstanding capture of it!
Not only details are captured perfectly,also the symmetry is outstanding and makes the shot so great.
Have a nice sunday
Schnappilic (9686) 2014-04-06 7:16
Good frame with a lot of beautiful details from this church. The result is spectacular!
amaryllis (33778) 2014-04-06 8:26
quel cadrage et beauté de cet édifice avec ces peintures, ces quatre colonnes, je n'avais pas pensé à ce cadrage, maintenant je le saurai...smiles
je reste béate devant une telle photo et l'intérieur des églises italiennes qui est de toute beauté
Je crois qu'en Italie il y a 520 ou 720 églises, cela a été dit à la télévision lors d'un reportage
merci de ce partage qui comble de revoir Rome
SnapRJW (30115) 2014-04-06 8:29
Hello Romano - You have managed your exposure very well and I like your composition very much. The framing given by the pillars with the carved capitals is super giving depth as well as detail. The highly decorative walls look rich and warm. How beautiful.
Corry (4508) 2014-04-06 21:03
Belle prise de vue du baptistère avec toutes ces peintures et ces moulures sculptées. Bon cadrage et lumière parfaite. Bien fait.
COSTANTINO (52862) 2014-04-06 22:50
Bella inquadratura del interno
ottima simetria bella luce
un opera d'arte complimenti
Buona setimana e cari saluti
Cricri (103145) 2014-04-06 23:26
Bonne gestion de la lumière de haut en bas, un intérieur intéressant pour son architecture et ces peintures, très belle réalisation
Angshu (55035) 2014-04-07 8:17
Spectacular interiors with the paintings beautiful. The symmetric composition makes for a fine view here. The exposure has been handled wonderfully. The details that can be seen especially on the scripts is amazing. Excellent picture!
kathryn_weir (2056) 2014-04-07 20:38
This has a lovely quality to the light with the strongest golden tones fading further down the image. The detail is wonderful and a very pleasing composition . Excellent light management to display those subtle painting colours so well and still capturing the detail in the shadowed posts at the bottom.
Thanks for sharing
abmdsudi (41284) 2014-04-08 22:16
The subtle light and tones is the winner in this interior Basilica, with wonderful bit of dapple of soft warm light falling on the top section creating a special ambient. Magnificent with extensive details and its uniqueness and style of the architecture in good symmetry and elaborately decorated. The pov has greatly accentuated the depth and height to greatest effect with the dark brown columns hold as strong focal points. Pin sharp throughout, an image to be proud off. Fine works. Congrats
SWEETFREEDOM (22002) 2014-04-13 0:03
bellissima foto d'interni piena di particolari interessanti,
luce ben gestita ed ottimi anche i colori.
delpeoples (52783) 2014-04-26 1:36
Il cornice naturale ha accentuato la profondita. L'ímmagine sembra tre dimensionale cosi. La luce é ben regolata, con colori forti e ben illuminati. Quel ragge del sole sopra e la scrittura in latino finiscono perfettemente l'opus. Complimentoni e buon weekend.
adores (35106) 2014-04-29 16:34
Very beautiful indeed, with all those paintings. You managed light really well and the composition is great, with the columns and the engravings at the top, in foreground. Good work!
I'm happy you liked the poppies:)!
- Copyright: Romano Lattanzi (Romano46) (16584)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-02
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS 700D, Canon EF 28-135mm IS USM
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/25 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-05 6:43