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Battistero degli Ariani

Via degli Ariani 1, 48121 Ravenna, Italy
0544 35404
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Ranked #6 of 46 Attractions in Ravenna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural

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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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Connecticut
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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.

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Villanova, Pennsylvania, United States
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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

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Belford, United Kingdom
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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.

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Toronto, Canada
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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!

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