The church of Preshute, largely rebuilt, but preserving its Norman pillars, has a curious piscina, and a black basalt font of great size dating from 1100-1150, in which according to a very old tradition King John was baptized.
A curious two-storeyed building which adjoins the north transept consists of a chapel with a piscina below and a priest's chamber above.
Several remains of reservoirs exist; one very large one is now called Piscina di Cardito.
Another with a vaulted ceiling, known as the piscina mirabilis, measuring 230 by 85 ft.
In the inner apartment the principal object was the baptismal font (KoXv Ai * pa, or piscina), in which those to be baptized were immersed thrice.
She cradled her son in the piscina and lived on charity.
JULES MAZARIN (1602-1661), French cardinal and statesman, elder son of a Sicilian, Pietro Mazarini, the intendant of the household of Philip Colonna, and of his wife Ortensia Buffalini, a connexion of the Colonnas, was born at Piscina in the Abruzzi on the 14th of July 1602.
Within are an ancient font, a canopied piscina, and a fine timber roof over the nave and aisles.
Beside the altar was a drain (piscina) for pouring away the water in which the communion vessels were rinsed.
Some 16th-century brasses, an altar tomb and a piscina were removed hither from the old church.
There are in the chancel two freestone effigies, perhaps of the r4th century, besides three sedilia, and a piscina under arches.
PISCINA, a Latin word first applied to a fish-pond, and later used for any pool of water for bathing, &c., either natural or artificial, and also for a tank or reservoir.