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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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Another remarkable display of the craftsmanship and beauty of the ancient world. The mosaic is just splendid. Just think. It was not even the church.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Another remarkable display of the craftsmanship and beauty of the ancient world. The mosaic is just splendid. Just think. It was not even the church.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This small baptistery is somewhat hard to find and can be skipped if you are pressed for time, but you will be missing some fine mosaics if you don't include it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

While small this is a UNESCO site you need to see for its mosaics. The best part is it fun, quick and free. Located between the Piazza del Popolo and San Giovanni Evangelista where the cruise bus pickup is, so it is centrally located. You will want to visit for three reasons. 1) the overhead mosaic which is similar to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This little baptistry is older than the Neonian. There are steps down to entry the former ground level. Much of the ornamentation is gone, but the center mosaics in the dome depict John baptising Jesus with a much larger figure of the old man representing the river Jordon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This is similar to the Neonian/Orthodox Baptistery, but smaller. The Arrians, after all, were a minority. The scene is Christ's baptism on the dome is similar to the one in the Neonian baptistery, and it is interesting to compare them. Not on the combined 5-monument ticket I had, but apparently free to enter. Staffed by a nice, friendly person.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This site was free and not much visited when we were there, but I found it one of the most interesting sites of Ravenna. We were using Rick Steves' excellent walking tour of Ravenna, which contains fascinating information about the history and ideology that influenced the decoration of this small building. It's really quite amazing that these mosaics survived. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Well worth seeing. Free entry. The ceiling mosaic is very different to other in Ravenna. The battistero is also been stripped of much wall coverings so is fairly plain.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This small building is not part of the combo ticket, but well worth the quick half-block side-trip to view and should not be missed if you are going to Ravenna to view the mosaics. Perhaps the crowds are less because it is not on the ticket??, but this baptistry is yet one more gem enclosing those magnificent mosaics. You enter... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

One of things I definitely wanted to see in Ravenna; however, the baptistery area is covered so one cannot get an idea of its function. Nice coffee shops in the area. If Arius only knew that espresso drinkers would one day be the only viewers of his legacy....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

There are several places in Ravenna you must visit for the mosaics… this is one of them. A wonderful baptism seen, Christ in water being baptized by John the Baptist, 12 apostles surrounding in a beautiful circle. Stunning.

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Address: Via degli Ariani 1, 48121 Ravenna, Italy
Phone Number: 0544 35404
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Emilia-Romagna  >  Province of Ravenna  >  Ravenna

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