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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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A rare example of early religious divergence

That the baptistery Has survived to this day is a miracle given the violence inflicted on those deemed heretic by the mainstream church. The floor level gives a good sense of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Ravenna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

That the baptistery Has survived to this day is a miracle given the violence inflicted on those deemed heretic by the mainstream church. The floor level gives a good sense of how Ravenna's ground has been sinking through the centuries.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

If you only visit one battistero, make a point of seeking out this hidden treasure hidden away off an unassuming side street. A simple octagonal stone structure is adorned with a ravishing circular ceiling mosaic

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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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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Pensacola, Florida
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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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Brownsville, Texas
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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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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
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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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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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