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Battistero degli Ariani

Via degli Ariani 1, 48121 Ravenna, Italy
0544 35404
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Ranked #6 of 45 Attractions in Ravenna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Villanova, Pennsylvania, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
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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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Dublin, Ireland
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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.

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Hamilton, Canada
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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.

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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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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.

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Erected by the Ostrogothic King Theodoric the Great, this is an arian Baptistry. Arianism is the name by which it is known a christological doctrine drawn from monaco and christian theologian Arius (256-336). This doctrine was condemned by the first Council of Nicaea because it contradicted the idea of the Trinity in 325, but it was offical religion of roman... More

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Smaller than the Neonian Baptistery and harder to find off the shopping arcade leading up to Piazza del Popolo. It's below street level now. But another stunning ceiling of the Baptism of Christ and worth the visit being the oldest monument in Ravenna.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

The 6th century Arian Baptistry is a little gem that shouldn't be missed. Although most of the interior decoration is long gone, the mosaic in the dome is absolutely beautiful. It depicts an Arian view of the baptism of Christ, a young, slightly chubby, beardless and very human man. A procession of the Twelve Apostles surrounds the central scene. This... More

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Keynsham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

This was one of my highlights of Ravenna. The Arian (Theoderic-era) Christ in the Jordan: pudgy, a bit bemused, completely naked and very, very human. Not something the orthodox crowd could accept. And yet, the mosaic's still there. This, in its little side yard, opposite a nice cafe, is one of the best bits of Ravenna.

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