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A blushing-pink baptistery built out of Verona marble, some crisp early morning light and – apart from the sound of a light breeze – an ethereal silence: that was what we ran into in the city centre of Parma after waking up at the crack of dawn. Not the faintest regret that we did some sightseeing instead of sleeping through the precious morning hours.
Having seen many churches and baptisteries in Italy and France, one cannot avoid the conclusion that the baptistery of Parma Cathedral is extraordinarily different. Its octagonal shape and the soft mottled pink colour invading the senses render a unique experience. Confronted with the perfectly harmonious proportions and timeless elegance of the building, one wouldn’t suspect that it was built in the 12th and 13th century, which makes it an example of Medieval rather than Renaissance art. It is widely considered the nicest baptistery of Italy after the one in Florence, but personally, I like my churches to resemble pink clouds (Parma) rather than zebras (Florence). Yet the jaunty stripes in this outfit would have complemented the latter quite well too.
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