Buildings intended primarily to contain and deliver water. These include aquaducts, baptisteries, conduits, lavoirs, fountains, public baths, spring-houses, step wells and well-heads. To be listed here a site should have a focus on the architecture of the structure, rather than its engineering or social value.
The separate building in which the sacrament of baptism was once solemnly administered, or that portion of the church-edifice later set apart for the same purpose.
Article from William Smith's Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities (1875), illustrated with three woodcuts.
The Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome provides an illustrated introduction to the type and its function, and information on the remains of a baptistery belonging to the church of San Lorenzo in Lucina.
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