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These are a part of the choir of the 12th-century palacechurch, and a sixteen-sided baptistry originally consecrated by Pope Leo III.
Tower forms a narrow west apse and serves as a baptistry.
Here we rested awhile, as we could hear the distant murmur of an open-air service taking place in the Baptistry.
General Loring kindly showed me a copy of one of the wonderful bronze doors of the Baptistry of Florence, and I felt of the graceful pillars, resting on the backs of fierce lions.