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Battistero degli Ariani

Via degli Ariani 1, 48121 Ravenna, Italy
0544 35404
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Ranked #6 of 44 attractions in Ravenna
Type: Religious Sites
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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Free entry. It is only small with the one mosaic, but well worth the effort of taking a look. Waldemar did a grand job on Art of the Dark Ages bringing this to your notice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Tips baptistery is free of charge. We visited on Sundays during the mass in the nearby church which made it an excellent moment to take a look at it. The mosaics are really beautiful

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Hudson, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Smaller than the similar "Neoniano" Baptistry, the Arian Baptistry is more pristine, not suffering from the rather unfortunate restoration of the Neonian. To find it, head out on the street in front of the railway station a few blocks until it becomes a pedestrian mall. Halfway down the mall, you'll see a small street to the right named after the... More

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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Having bought the 2 cumulative tickets, I could not find this on either of them. On arrival this site is free. Although the walls are unadorned, the ceiling baptism of Christ is marvellous.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Well we know there are number of heresy we heard of - do we have same number of pictures of those - well may be the Mosaic of this Baptistery is something late but if you look in the face and the figure of Salvator to be batised (and you compare that with another baptistery of mainstreem faith) - at... More

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Phila PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

A must see stop in Ravenna. Because of this building's smaller proportions it is easier to get a more detailed view of the mosaic craftsmanship; especially in the the curved arch supports. Beautiful light throughout.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

A beautiful place. And by pure chance, my husband was reading a history in which the Arian heresy played a role. Having someone who could give good background on the heresy (which I only vaguely remembered from college courses) made this much more interesting. Read up on the Arian heresy and history of Ravenna before you go to get the... More

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