We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Battistero degli Ariani

Via degli Ariani 1, 48121 Ravenna, Italy
0544 35404
Improve this listing
Ranked #6 of 49 Attractions in Ravenna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
46 visitor photos
Write a Review

148 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
28 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This was a little hard to find as the signage was confusing to us but we made it. It is small and perhaps not as well preserved as the other places but still lovely

Was this review helpful? Yes
Madrid, Spain
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
39 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

More wonderful mosaics, here the main representation is de baptism of Christ. The amazing personification of the river Jordan, just as Roman did: an old man, with crab pincers on his head, a mantle, mantle, reed and a flowing vase. A great place to grasp the legacy of Roman art.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The Arians were Christians who believed that Christ was not divine, but an exceptionally holy man and that aGod was indivisible. Their view lost, but for a brief period theirs could have been the route that Christianity took. A visit here is to touch that moment in history and thus is rather evocative and enables one to touch the past.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
51 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Never knew what lead to the Nicene creed and now I do. Fascinating to see the two church domes with this a more human Christ and the other baptistery with as part of the triune God.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Villanova, Pennsylvania, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The Neonian Baptistry was run by the State of Italy, rather than the Roman Catholic Archdiocese which maintains the other sites. The ceiling with the Baptism of Jesus surrounded by the apotles is really beautiful

Was this review helpful? Yes
Belford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
54 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

It's a quite small octagonal baptistry built in the early 6th century. It isn't one of the most famous ancient sites in Ravenna and was almost empty when we visited. There is a wonderful mosaic ceiling.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
131 reviews 131 reviews
85 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The octagonal baptistry sits below street level. We were the only people inside when we visited. It's not one of the sites on the five-site ticket so perhaps people inadvertently pass it by. This one's actually free to enter yet still one of Ravenna's eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Don't miss it!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Dublin, Ireland
Top Contributor
258 reviews 258 reviews
118 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The baptistery is small but not so hard to find, at least for us. As the other great monuments that witnessed the byzantine/ early christianity era is a mandatory stop.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hamilton, Canada
Top Contributor
303 reviews 303 reviews
223 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is a very interesting baptistry - well worth visiting to see the mosaics - especially the one on the ceiling. Well preserved but wonderful colours. The building is quite small and is below street level but still easy to access.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

.....but go if you can find it if you love mosaics. Small, so might be crowded at times. We caught it late in the afternoon so not too bad.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Battistero degli Ariani also viewed

Ravenna, Province of Ravenna
Ravenna, Province of Ravenna

Been to Battistero degli Ariani? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing