Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi)

Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), Ravenna

Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi)

Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi)
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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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JJJC_Family
Virginia504 contributions
Nov 2021
Ravenna is perhaps the world capitol of mosaics, what it is known for. This building is one of the great baptistries I have seen with, of course, great mosaics. It’s not as magnificent as the tip-top Florence baptistry, with so many gold mosaics that it seems to shine, but it’s more colorful and almost has a playfulness to it that makes it, how shall I say it, fun to look at. You hurt your neck continually craning to follow the mosaic pictures wrapping around the upper part of the walls and up to the top of the dome. It can make you dizzy, too. There is a set time for you to come and I believe they had a set amount of time to spend inside, like 10-30 minutes, whatever it was. We blew right past that. You don’t want to leave, a craving made even more intense by the knowledge that you will likely never return, as Ravenna is a bit away from other places you want to see in Italy, unless you have been to Italy many times and you have the luxury of filling in the gaps with second and third tier cities. In other words, for the typical tourist you have to make a special effort to go there and what do you give up to go there? But if you do, you will be rewarded with treasures like this baptistry. It’s a day you won’t forget.
Written January 1, 2022
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greenpanther30
Camberley, UK1,129 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Wonderful small baptistery. Timed entry and you only get 5 mins to enjoy it. The queuing system is interesting and locals tend to push in front! However it's worth the pain as the artistry is simply stunning. We loved it... All included in the ticket price to see 5 sights. Enjoy
Written May 14, 2022
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,652 contributions
Nov 2019
Among the great beauties of Ravenna is certainly Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi). Wonderful place with significant value both historical and artistic. Battistero Neoniano is one of the oldest monuments in Ravenna. It was built in the early 5th century by the will of Bishop Urso. In the following period, significant restoration works were carried out by Bishop Neone (450 - 475), the complete renovation of the dome and the realization of the interior decoration that today embellished the interior of the Baptistery. It was built in the octagonal shape and made of brick. The interior of the Baptistery is breathtaking with its beauty it is divided into two orders of superimposed arches, offering a very rich decoration divided into three parts: marble in the lower part, stuccos in the intermediate area and mosaics in the upper one with a clear Hellenistic-Roman imprint. At the center of the dome, a large medallion contains the scene of the baptism of Christ, immersed in the waters of the Jordan River which is the oldest testimony of a scene of the baptism of Christ made in mosaic in a monumental building. At the center of the Baptistery, we find the octagonal tub of Greek marble and porphyry. The decorations are fantastic and leave no one indifferent.
Written January 16, 2020
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Azalee99
Vienna, Austria123 contributions
Dec 2019
absolutely marvellous and very rich in things to look at. if you only do a "quick peek", why even bother to go in the first place? this needs a bit of preparation so you understand what is what, and then just time to let it sink in. trying to translate the latin inscriptions is for geeks, i admit- but this is some of the most stunning art you will ever see anywhere (and believe me, i have been around). savor it.
Written January 2, 2020
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NYCDesign78
New York City, NY197 contributions
Sep 2019
This is not the most beautiful building, but the ceiling mosaic truly amazing. It was captivating and you could just look at it for hours. Gorgeous artistry and very well preserved.
Written September 24, 2019
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Mark R
Nettleham, UK35 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
The whole city is a gem, this is just one of the jewels within..Very small, part of it's beauty, but be mindful of timing of the visit.
Written June 2, 2019
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Lucchesa
Seattle, WA158 contributions
Jul 2012 • Family
One ticket - 9 euros 50 - gets you into five attractions which feature some of the most outstanding mosaic art you will ever see. San Vitale, with its portraits of Justinian and Theodora and their courtiers. The tiny mausoleum of Galla Placidia with its evocation of paradise. S. Apollinare Nuovo's procession of saints, the Neonian Baptistery's elegant classical apostles, and the little chapel among the treasures in the Museo Arcivescovile. Ravenna is small. You can see all these things easily in one day, and there is no reason to leave town without five punch marks on your ticket.

If you are ambitious and not dragging around small children, you can add the Arian Baptistery which is free, and the Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra for a look at domestic, not religious, mosaics. If you're really ambitious, you can get yourself to S. Apollinare in Classe, one of the most beautiful extant paleochristian basilicas with, again, stunning mosaics. Because mosaics last so well, and because Ravenna was something of a backwater in later centuries and so wasn't brutally "redecorated," you are able to see this art much as it appeared 15 centuries ago. And that's amazing.
Written April 16, 2013
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luvroma2
Reading, PA2,028 contributions
May 2012 • Couples
I love mosaics and Ravenna is the town with the highest concentration I have ever seen. You have to see them yourself. They are beyond description.
Written May 13, 2012
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semagora
Canton of Aargau, Switzerland317 contributions
Feb 2021
Gorgeous ceiling in a small room. The problem was the online booking only, which did not work at first as was a real hassle. Annoying. It did not accept my credit card and the staff are not allowed to take cash.
Written February 18, 2021
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trooper92
St. Gallen551 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
This Battisterio has lots of 1500 year old mosaics that are special because you can get quite close to them and the saints‘ faces and gestures are not uniform like in other sites, but quite individual. The site certainly belongs to any to-do list in Ravenna.
Written October 24, 2020
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