Baptistery

Kayla Ernewein April 10, 2013 Churches Siena, Tuscany, Italy view in flickr

The final destination in the itinerary of St. Catherine is the place where she began her journey in the Christian world, the Baptistery of San Giovanni. It was here that St. Catherine was baptized; much like citizens of Siena had been for centuries before her. The significance of baptism in St. Catherine’s world is more than just a religious ritual, this is where people joined the universal Church and became part of their local community. The baptismal font both represents the rebirth in Christ as well as the sign of group identity. Here St. Catherine became a Catholic and a Sienese. 

 

Kayla Ernewein