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Archiepiscopal Museum

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Archiepiscopal Museum

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Take in the highlights of Ravenna in just hours without the hassle of following a map and guidebook with this walking tour through the historic center. Admire the UNESCO-listed Byzantine mosaics in the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare, Basilica of San Vitale, and Mausoleum of Galla Placidia; stop at Dante’s tomb; and stroll through the city’s lanes to sample local specialties like piadina flatbread and traditional cheeses.
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trooper92 wrote a review Oct 2020
St. Gallen544 contributions199 helpful votes
There is a reason that the palace/museum is on the 5-site visitor’s ticket. The small chapel has nice mosaics (though not as impressive as in the other 4 sites) - but our highlights were the ivory bishops throne and the +/- 1000 year old ceremonial artifacts exhibited in the museum. Not a big museum and a small chapel -> can be experienced in 30-60 minutes depending on your historic curiosity.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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g w wrote a review Mar 2020
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Don't miss the Paschal calendar, the magnificent Ivory Cathedra and, of course, the Chapel of Sant'Andrea
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Asiyah Noemi K wrote a review Jan 2020
Pula, Croatia4,341 contributions36,754 helpful votes
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The significant and rich Archiepiscopal Museum here in Ravenna shows us the historical sequence of events and life in the city itself. It is located immediately next to the Baptistry of Neon and behind the Duomo of Ravenna, on the first and second floor of the Archiepiscopal Palace. The museum is very interesting with its artifacts and we are especially impressed with the chapel of Sant'Andrea, an early Christian oratory with Greek cross plan built between 494 and 519 AD in the time of Theodoric and decorated with wonderful mosaics. Archiepiscopal Chapel is the only existing archiepiscopal chapel of the early Christian era that has been preserved intact to the present day. It was erected by Bishop Peter II as a private oratory for Catholic bishops when Arianism was the main religion of the court. Originally dedicated to Christ, the chapel was then renamed and dedicated to Saint Andrew, whose relics were transported from Constantinople to Ravenna around the mid-6th century AD. Beautifully decorated chapel with extremely beautiful mosaics. Also of interest to us was the ivory throne of Maximian, one of the most famous carved ivory works of all times executed in the 6th century by Byzantine artists. Very interesting museum with valuable details.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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greenmind0428 wrote a review Dec 2019
College Park, Maryland403 contributions54 helpful votes
While it's included in the UNESCO combo ticket, this is the one stop of the five not devoted to mosaics. The museum is devoted to a collection of the remains of churches that did not make it through like the more famous ones in Ravenna, and that are even older. I found myself reminded of the Capitoline Museum in Rome with the fragments of the Roman settlement in the area. They say there is no photography of the mosaics in a small chapel that is part of the museum but I snapped a shot or two and nobody said anything. This is a massive collection and I only wish I had not done it last. It might have been better to go out of the "recommended" order of the UNESCO combo ticket and see this one with more energy.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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AllanJGJ wrote a review Sep 2019
Wellington, New Zealand3,259 contributions1,520 helpful votes
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This is a smallish museum just behind the Duomo and the Neonian Baptistry and is well worth visiting, particularly as it is part of the Ravenna multiticket. The St Andrews Chapel is a particular highlight but there are a number of interesting artifacts including the ivory throne of Maximian from the 6th century. Definitely worth a stop.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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