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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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Amazing Mosaics

I took tons of photographs while in Ravenna. I was hypnotized and mesmerized by the beauty of mosaic works.

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

I took tons of photographs while in Ravenna. I was hypnotized and mesmerized by the beauty of mosaic works.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Arians did not believe that in the trinity Christ was co-equal with God and that God created Christ. They were considered heretics and finally eliminated as a sect in the 6thC AD by the Emperor Justinian. What Arianism essentially did was to emphasize the humanity of Christ while doubting his divinity. The depiction of Christ in the Arian Baptistery... More 

Thank oborozuki
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Few steps from the Basilica, Must see attaction, very ipressive art work, which is made to last for ever

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

This baptistery isn't as well preserved as the Neonian baptistery, but it's remarkable that an Arian site survives at all since their so-called heretical writings were destroyed and their sites repurposed by orthodox (Trinitarian) Christians. I recommend visiting the Neonian and Arian baptisteries in Ravenna and comparing their portrayals of Jesus' baptism. The Neonian is the older of the two,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Nothing will prepare you for the beauty and grandeur that is represent here. Take you time, see it all.

Thank barrynoah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

A very small baptistry that is very beautiful. The mosaics of Christ's baptism is lovely. Take the time to see this while you are in Ravenna. It does not take long to enjoy it's interiors.

Thank MississippiQueenB
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

This baptistery is off the beaten track and gets less attention than other religious monuments. This may be because the Arian faith in which it was established, and to which Theodoric adhered, lost out to and was extinguished by the Trinitarian Catholics in the 6th and 7th centuries. For all that, the mosaics are beautiful, especially the principal one devoted... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

The Battistero has to be on your list. It is a small building but you can spend an hour here easily.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

A simple, small octagonal baptistry with a beautiful mosaic of Christ being baptized on the ceiling. It's one of the 8 UNESCO World heritage sites in Ravenna and a worthy part of any itinerary there. Admission is free.

Thank drjandthemissus
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Very small baptistery, slightly off the beaten track. Has disabled access (chair lift) as steep steps down to entrance. Mosaic panels well preserved and colourful

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