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  • RobertCMelb
    Melbourne, Australia71 contributions
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    Beautiful historical mosaics We worth visiting this and the four other sites operated by ravennamosaici.it. These are far better than the three other UNESCO sites operated by the government.
    Written May 3, 2024
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  • Anna H
    Chicago, IL1,178 contributions
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    The plain exterior of this mausoleum belies the splendor that you encounter upon entry. The walls and ceiling are covered with elegant, naturalistic mosaics. The starry sky is said to have inspired Night and Day.
    Written November 14, 2023
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  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia33,752 contributions
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    The basilica was erected by the Ostrogothic King Theodoric in 505 as a Palatine church, i.e. intended for his court. The significance of the basilica is that it contains the largest monumental cycle of the New Testament made in mosaic and the oldest extant. The upper tier contains gospel stories. The basilica has an unusual symmetry for churches. On the north side there are 13 scenes of evangelical miracles, and on the south side there are also 13 scenes of the Passion of Christ. The prophets and saints are depicted in the middle tier. But the lower tier is divided by gender: on the north wall, the procession of virgins is opposed by the martyrs on the south. However, not all the mosaics made under Theodoric have come down to us. The fact is that the Ostrogoths, like all Germanic tribes, adhered to the Arian version of Christianity, i.e. they denied the divinity of the Trinity (the Nicene Creed), which means they did not recognize the divinity of Christ, considering him a creation of God (since he addressed God as "Father"). After the annexation of Ravenna to the Byzantine Exarchate in the time of Justinian, all mosaics meaningfully related to this version of Christianity were destroyed and replaced by Byzantine ones. Therefore, it is a monument not only of Ostrogothic culture, but also of Byzantine.. Although art historians believe that the rearranged mosaics are less interesting than the original ones from the time of Theodoric. The 38-meter cylindrical bell tower was attached to the basilica in the IX—X centuries. At the same time, the basilica itself was renamed, which in the time of Theodoric was dedicated to Christ the Savior, in the time of Justinian - to St. Martin, the fighter against Arianism.
    Written May 12, 2024
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  • Wanderer
    Marlow, UK20 contributions
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    This park has very unusual restrictions on the kids rides… you not only have to meet a height restriction to ride (usual) but also an age restriction too… every single ride the staff asked me how old are your kids… well of course I could just make up whatever number I liked! How would they know? This is the strangest way of regulating safety onboard rides that I’ve ever come across, I’ve never seen that in a theme park anywhere before. I can totally understand height restrictions… but age?! Also, if your under 3… don’t bother: there is nothing here for you apart from a playground (which is crazy too, because half of it is not accessibly by parents so it’s totally unsafe!) you might be 90cm… but wait your not 3 years old so there’s noway you can ride this incredibly slow; barely moving carousel or farmyard train… again totally absurd! Even worse, if your not 3 yet but 101cm tall… you have to pay full price to enter and you can’t ride on anything at all, not even when accompanied by a full paying adult, who is usually your parent, and wouldn’t let you ride anything that’s too big/fast/scary anyway.
    They also would not let my 120cm daughter ride some very tame rides alone (there was me and 2 kids and my younger one was napping, so she had no choice but to ride alone) because she was under 8 years old.. come on! Mirabilandia really needs to update your policy about ride restrictions, make them simpler and more rides open to younger kids. I can’t comment on all the rides as I couldn’t go on most of them due to having little kids with me, but there looked to be a couple of good thrill rides.
    The other gripe I had was on entry, we must’ve turned up at a popular time, and it took 30 mins just to drive into the car park. It would’ve been so much better if a couple of turnstiles had pre paid entry, so you can pay parking online and scan a code on arrival or something. That definitely needs updating.
    Other than that we had a good day: the hot wheels show was incredible, and something I’ve never seen before. The Nickelodeon show was a bit poor and boring, and could’ve been a lot more inventive, and in a better location than a sweaty tent too. The photos were a good price, 6 euros or 3 for 15€.
    We took a picnic with us, but the food looked ok actually… lots of people saying over priced on reviews, but I saw hotdogs for less than 5 euros, they had a Mac Donald’s and a sushi place doing poke bowls for about 9 euros which I’d say is average for Italy really, you always expect to pay a little More in these places anyway.
    We visited midweek early September it was very busy but closed at 6pm which was a shame as the weather only just started cooling down. And not all drink/ice cream stands were open.
    The toilets could’ve been better maintained but there was plenty around, and we never had to wait throughout the day.
    I almost bought season passes online before we went; but I’m glad I didn’t because of ride regulations and also queues for entry.
    Written September 6, 2022
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  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia33,752 contributions
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    Compared to the baptisteries of Florence and Pisa, the octagonal Baptistery of Neon does not make an impression externally. An ordinary brick building. Today we do not see it in the same form as during construction, because over the past centuries, the building has drained by as much as 3 meters. Of all the 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ravenna, the Neon Baptistery was built the earliest. And among all the surviving early Christian Baptisteries in Europe and the Middle East, it is the best preserved. Despite the turbulent history of Italy in general and Ravenna in particular, surprisingly, it reached almost untouched. This is especially evident in the central mosaic of the dome, where the scene of the baptism of Christ by John the Baptist is laid out. Jesus' chest feels like wet, polished water, but there are no droplets yet.. It's amazing, because 16 centuries have passed! The perimeter depicts a procession of the twelve apostles passing in two directions with the final meeting of St. Peter with St. Paul. The walls are decorated too. The original stucco depicting the prophets was mistakenly regarded as late during the restoration of the early 20th century. It was deleted. After the exact dating, nothing could be done, so we see the reconstruction. No one is lowered into the baptismal bath, tourists throw coins there. Coins were thrown, of course, not as much as in the Trevi fountain. The bath itself is of the XVI century, with the exception of the pulpit- a place for a priest. It is original- V century.
    Written May 12, 2024
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  • paul c
    Huddersfield, UK21 contributions
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    We have wanted to visit all the sites in Ravenna that have the mosaics for several years. They exceeded our expectations and our expectations were very high. The mosaics are stunning and the combined ticket is very reasonably priced.

    As I arrived at the museum I discovered that I had accidentally booked online for February rather than March so my ticket had expired. The two young women at the ticket office were so friendly and helpful and contacted the manager so that my ticket could be authorised and used. Thank you so much for being so kind.
    Written March 14, 2024
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  • Megan
    Malinta, OH120 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice tribute to a great author. The tomb cannot be entered, only viewed from behind a gate. There is a nice garden area to walk around/sit and reflect. At the time I was there, they also had a Dante "museum" where they showed paintings, photos, sculptures, and other artistic interpretations of Dante and his works. It was interesting to view, didn't take up much time (maybe 15 minutes total) and it was free. To be honest, Ravenna doesn't have a whole lot to do, so this is something to consider if you need to fill up some time.
    Written July 17, 2023
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  • Dee D
    Zrece, Slovenia14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Safari is a really cool experience, you get to see zebras, camels, alpacas, tigers and lions up close. The zoo part, however, is a bit neglected and could be a bit more updates. Also the smell in the closed areas, like raptors and such, was horrible.
    Written April 30, 2022
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  • Joy Black
    93 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth reading up on Ravenna's imperial history before you come, so you appreciate just WHY this is the Arian baptistry, as opposed to the catholic foundations - it's all to do with Goths and Theodoric! It's interesting to be able to spot the subtle, but important, differences in the iconography used in the mosaics.
    Written June 13, 2023
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  • ANGELO V
    Milan, Italy4,274 contributions
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    This church was built during the 10th-11th centuries, and it is known for having been the place of Dante Alighieri's funeral in 1321. It is close to the poet's tomb.

    The church itself is not very interesting, but the crypt under the main altar is: it is flooded by sea water, but the floor mosaics are still visible, with several fishes swimming above them (you need a one-Euro coin to turn the lights on).
    Written February 7, 2023
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  • Joy Black
    93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a small but stunning museum. The quality of the mosaics in situ on the floors her are better than any other I've ever seen - and I've seen a few. It won't take much of your time, but it's well worth it.
    Written June 13, 2023
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  • BirdBrain99
    Greater London, UK232 contributions
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    The tower is capped by a conical roof. The gateway surround looks very old. The cloister viewed from the road green with grass and trees.
    Written October 13, 2022
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