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Battistero degli Ariani

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Address: Via degli Ariani 1, 48121, Ravenna, Italy
Phone Number: 0544 35404
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Historical rarity, free and tucked away on a side street

This baptistery isn't as well preserved as the Neonian baptistery, but it's remarkable that an Arian site survives at all since their so-called heretical writings were destroyed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This baptistery isn't as well preserved as the Neonian baptistery, but it's remarkable that an Arian site survives at all since their so-called heretical writings were destroyed and their sites repurposed by orthodox (Trinitarian) Christians. I recommend visiting the Neonian and Arian baptisteries in Ravenna and comparing their portrayals of Jesus' baptism. The Neonian is the older of the two,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Nothing will prepare you for the beauty and grandeur that is represent here. Take you time, see it all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

A very small baptistry that is very beautiful. The mosaics of Christ's baptism is lovely. Take the time to see this while you are in Ravenna. It does not take long to enjoy it's interiors.

Thank MississippiQueenB
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

This baptistery is off the beaten track and gets less attention than other religious monuments. This may be because the Arian faith in which it was established, and to which Theodoric adhered, lost out to and was extinguished by the Trinitarian Catholics in the 6th and 7th centuries. For all that, the mosaics are beautiful, especially the principal one devoted... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

The Battistero has to be on your list. It is a small building but you can spend an hour here easily.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

A simple, small octagonal baptistry with a beautiful mosaic of Christ being baptized on the ceiling. It's one of the 8 UNESCO World heritage sites in Ravenna and a worthy part of any itinerary there. Admission is free.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Very small baptistery, slightly off the beaten track. Has disabled access (chair lift) as steep steps down to entrance. Mosaic panels well preserved and colourful

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

As with other buildings in the area this contains some outstanding mosaics. As such it should be included on your itinerary when touring Ravenna.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Lovely mosaics all as fresh as if the were made yesterday. This is one of the sites you should have in your itinary. Centrally located and easy to fid.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

This Baptistry was built by King Theodoric ,possibly at the end of the fifth century . I cannot imagine a more beautiful beginning for a religious path. The mosaics of Christ himself being baptized by St John, the dove of peace overhead, St Peter and St. Paul surrounding the throne of Christ. It reflects the orthodox baptism of being completely... More 

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