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Battistero degli Ariani

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Address: Vicolo Degli Ariani 1, 48121, Ravenna, Italy
Phone Number: 0544 35404
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Mosaics worth seeing

This baptistery is tucked away, but worth popping in. We spent an afternoon doing a self-guided tour of Ravenna's mosaics using Rick Steve's Italy guide. The guide book... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This baptistery is tucked away, but worth popping in. We spent an afternoon doing a self-guided tour of Ravenna's mosaics using Rick Steve's Italy guide. The guide book describes Ravenna's interesting early Christian history regarding the Arians. These mosaics show a contrast to the Neon Baptistery's mosaics in the contrast of the depiction of Christ.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It takes a bit of searching to find the Arian Baptistry, tucked away in a small piazza on a side street (Via degli Ariani), which itself leads off another small street, the rather shabby Via Paolo Costa. When you walk into the piazza, to the left is the arcaded front porch of a 5th-6th-century church---Spirito Santo, which wasn't open when... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You need to hunt this one down as it's hidden down an unprepossessing side street. It'll only take a few minutes to look inside. But it opens a window to an age of Christianity we have long forgotten. Do some research beforehand.

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Glastonbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Arian bapistry is one of the smaller historic place in Ravenna but was the effort to find. Another reminder of the lost period when the legacy of Rome was presevered but Italy was Gothic and Latin as well as Catholic and Arian

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Athens, Greece
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Battistero has only one mosaic,but you can give half an hour to see it.It is free entrance and worth your time!

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another mosaic jewel in Ravenna important for both its historic and artistic value. Try to get in to the nearby church which also has Aryan rite remains (though very strange opening hours).

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Mechelen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is more difficult to find, but certainly worth to look for it. It is a small place but has nevertheless a very beautifull mozaik.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Because this is not included on the combined ticket for the diocesan sites, we almost missed it. It's tucked away down a little lane, so not obvious to the first-time visitor. Get a map and guide yourself there. It's free to enter and it's just as stunning as the other sites- with added historical resonance- as it's one of the... More 

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Piraeus, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Just go there and take in the beauty of the mosaics (like at the rest of the sights in Ravenna). This is going to be a wonderful visit; don't stay behind!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

Our family drive all over Italy for 18 days, this baptistery stands out. First of all, the artwork itself is beautiful. Second, the history involved is incredible. The Arian/Goth idea of who Christ was versus Justinian, who was hellbent on destroying everything Arian. This beautiful mosaic has survived for over 1,500 years. It's just beautiful, incredible and powerful. It's free.

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