Rue Jean Jaurès - 86000 POITIERS
The Saint John Baptistery is the oldest Christian monument in Europe preserved to this day.
Settled in the 4th century, in the time of Saint Martin and Saint Hilaire, in a Gallo-Roman house of Poitiers, the baptistery Saint-Jean will become a particular building in the 5th century.

Inside, there is an old octagonal baptismal pool, used for baptism by immersion until the 8th century. Became a parish church, the monument was adorned with a very beautiful set of Romanesque and Gothic murals in the 11th-12th and 13th centuries.
Also on display here is a remarkable collection of Merovingian sarcophagi.

Opening hours to the public:

From January to April and from October to December: Tuesday to Sunday from 14:00 to 16:00
Closed on Mondays
Closed on January 1st, December 25th.

May 1 to June 20: Tuesday to Sunday from 14:00 to 18:00
Closed on Mondays

From 21 June to 30 September: 10:30 - 12:30 / 14:00 to 18:00
Open every day

Exceptional opening :Easter and Pentecost Mondays.

The new prices include the provision to each visitor of an updated notice for the visit.

You will find the baptistery Saint John on the circuit " Episcopal ", to discover the riches of the city of Poitiers.
Rates, informations and contact

Rue Jean Jaurès

Languages spoken


Payment methods

Cheques, Cash


Groups accepted

Groupes Enfants (7 à 16 ans)
1 euro
Individuels Enfants (7 à 16 ans)
1 euro
Groupes Adultes
2 euros
Individuels Adultes
3 euros
The most accessible car park :
See on the map
Including 290 underground parking spaces.
Access 4 bis, rue Henri Oudin.
Open from 7:30 to 21h.
Different rates and subscriptions, inquire at the reception.
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Poitiers Tourist Office
45, place Charles de Gaulle - BP 377 - 86009 Poitiers cedex
Tél. : +33(0)5 49 41 21 24 - Fax : +33(0)5 49 88 65 84 - contact us by email
From 21 September to 19 June: from Monday to Saturday from 9.30 am to 6 pm.
From 20 June to 18 September: from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm.
Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm