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Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi)

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Address: Via Gioacchino Rasponi, 48100 Ravenna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0544 541688
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Description: The most ancient of Ravenna monuments, at least with regard to when...
The most ancient of Ravenna monuments, at least with regard to when building began, it dates to the end of the 4th or the beginning of the 5th century.
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Incredible mosaics. Even if you think iyou are mosaic-ed out, you should not skip this one. It is smaller than the other UNESCO sites, so in heavily touristy seasons it may be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Incredible mosaics. Even if you think iyou are mosaic-ed out, you should not skip this one. It is smaller than the other UNESCO sites, so in heavily touristy seasons it may be cramped.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I have been to Ravenna over 10 times in 30 years. This is still my favorite. Just a moving space to be in and the mosaics add such a dignity. Just imagine getting baptized there. Wow.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This is yet another of the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites. This was quite small, but the beautiful detail on the mosaics is worth the visit.

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We were the only visitors to this haunting, beautiful baptistry that morning. Sitting in this ancient space is incredibly moving. The mosaic of Jesus and John the Baptist is among the best in Ravenna.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The building itself is rather small compared to the other large churches to be seen in Ravenna. Contains a large marble baptismal and beautiful mosaic tile work on the ceiling. Worth the couple euros they charge to get in to see it.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This monument is next to the cathedral and the Archiepiscopal Museum, and is well worth a visit. Don't fail to include it if you are going to the cathedral and the Museum.

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This is the oldest of the UNESCO sites. It is a part of the Duomo group of buildings and included in the package ticket with San Vitale and San Apollinare Nuovo. While the Duomo itself has been rebuilt this ancient site remains probably because of its mosaics which include the ceiling with the Baptism of Christ surrounded by his Disciples... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The scrolls around the base design ate red and gold. The center of the dome depicts John, the Baptist, baptizing Christ while a subtle figure of an old man represents the river Jordon indicating the remnants of Arian beliefs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

One of the great mosaic monuments of Ravenna. The colors are spectacular and the composition is unusual: the baptism of Christ scene features an asymmetrical composition and see-thru water. Surrounding it are figures of the apostles with colorful banners/drapes behind them. I found the staff at all the Ravenna monuments to be very friendly and professional.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

So much has been written by others reviewing this building. The mosaics are spectacular. This one particular ceiling of the 5 UNESCO sights really demonstrates how clever the artist where with their mosaics. The mosaic depicts John the Baptist baptising Christ. The wrap around Christ waist is done in such a way as to make it appear translucent. A very... More 

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