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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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Very small Battistero

Located down a small street off of Via A. Diaz near Piazza del Popolo, this site was actually free. Great mosaics that are worth a look.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

Located down a small street off of Via A. Diaz near Piazza del Popolo, this site was actually free. Great mosaics that are worth a look.

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Lytham St Annes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

A small Battistero - there are several in Ravenna - but, although close to the centre, this is tucked away and not always easy to find. Beautiful mosaics with the anointment of Jesus at the top with the disciples around the scene.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Also beautiful, visit after you've visited Orthodox baptistry, or before that - but visit both because it becomes very clear what the difference was. You can feel how the Christianity has already started dividing

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Parkes
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Quaint little baptistry with a taste of some of the grander Ravenna mosaics. On the town map but we stumbled on it unplanned and unheralded.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This baptistry was built in the late 5th century and has an impressive cupola of mosaics depicting the apostles around the centrepiece of the baptism of Christ.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

This would be a special visit in any other city. The ancient mosaics are good and there is no fee to enter. It might not be as amazing as the other mosaics in town but they were very nice.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Just when you think another Ravenna mosaic couldn't possibly impress, the Arian Baptistry wows with its artistry and the amazing grace of its figures. Somehow this ceiling escaped the wholesale reworking of Arian images by the Byzantines, determined as they were to stamp out the Arian "heresy" which emphasized Jesus' humanity over his divinity. The central baptismal scene, with a... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

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

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Madrid, Spain
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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.

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Cirencester
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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.

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