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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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A wonderful sight

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Piraeus, Greece

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Piraeus, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Rexburg, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hire a guide as you do not want to be disapponted because of a strke, closing days, etc, in Italy those places are managed by public employees who are not generally concerned abaot customer service. The place is small but outstanding!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This is NOT included in the combination ticket to see all the locations of spectacular mosaics. You have to look for it on the map and it is somewhat hidden from the main street. IT is FREE and one of the most memorable mosaics because of the green color. DO NOT MISS.

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Gainesville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Drop in because you will be walking by looking at the 5 sites on the Ravenna ticket. This is included in the UNESCO world heritage site listing, but is not as good as the 5 on the card because it is just the ceiling. But it is a good ceiling!

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norfolk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Although very modest in size, the mosaics in the dome here are wonderful in a city of wonders. The central roundel is an extraordinary depiction of the baptism of Christ but with some strange Dark Ages imagery. Try not to miss it; and it's free!.

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Don't miss this amazing, free mosaic. It's tucked away on a side street. Examples of Arian religious buildings and art are extremely rare because they were a heretical sect (did not believe in the trinity). This baptism scene dates to the time of Theodoric, the Ostrogothic emperor. The symbolism in later mosaics, such as San Vitale, is designed to counter... More 

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Torrington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

The mosaics here show Jesus as a human during his Baptism in the River Jordan. The old man on His right is a pagan God dispensing the water. A really different view of Jesus

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

Small, intimate - not on the scale of the other mosaics - but then that's why its worth seeing. Gorgeous.

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Vercorin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

The story about how it was built, many times transformed, rediscovered after WW II and given its old shape again is fascinating, just as is the fact that despite everything, some stunning mosaics survived intact.

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