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“The chapel is worth while a visit”

Archiepiscopal Museum
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Ravenna 3-Hour Private Guided Tour
Ranked #8 of 84 things to do in Ravenna
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Archiepiscopal Museum and the Chapel of St. Andrew The Archbishop's Chapel of St. Andrew is guarded as a gemstone inside the Bishop's Palace. It was the private chapel of the bishops of Ravenna and it was built and decorated with mosaics from 494 till 519. Set up inside the rooms of the Bishop's Palace, the collection of the Archiepiscopal Museum contains epigraphs, the Cathedral treasure, remains of mosaics from the ancient Basilica of Ursus and above all the ivory throne of the bishop Maximian (6th century).
Cagli, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“The chapel is worth while a visit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

I did not like this museum very much. Some items were nice to glance at (yes you get spoiled in Ravenna) but most was not that interesting. Still a must see for the chapel and the amazing mosaics. You are not allowed to take pictures - some people didn't care I guess so you can have a look already at TA :). Dont forget to visit the Battistero della Neoniano, its just around the corner.

Visited July 2013
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“To see for certain artefacts”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

Not everything in this museum was of great interest for me. Many of the paintings, for example, aren't the best example of Italian art. However, it is well worth a visit for the few bits that really stand out. For example, an ivory throne intricately carved with panels depicting various stories is beautiful, and the attached chapel is also stunning. Although not everything will have you gagging with interest, there are areas which are well worth a look.

Visited July 2013
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Hudson, Ohio
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“Worth a look”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

This is included in the combined ticket with most of the major mosaic sites in Ravenna, and is near the Neonian Baptistry. The chapel has a very small, but interesting mosaic, worth seeing; the museum has a number of interesting items, most of which have English descriptions. I found the display of salvaged mosaics the most fascinating, as it was a great opportunity to examine the workmanship at very close range. It should take 15-45 minutes to see this site, depending how many of the descriptions you care to read.

Visited July 2013
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Genoa, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

This museum was a wonderful surprise and I really enjoyed it! I probably would not have gone to it except it's right next to the Battiistero Neoniano and included on the combo ticket. The museum is beautifully curated in a lovely building with architectural details and is spread over two floors and has several small rooms not to be missed. There is plenty of English explanations and even some Brail! On display are fragments from the Basilica Cathedral from 1112, frescoes, paintings, mosaic fragments, furniture, sarcophagus, decorative stones, and vestments, crosses and reliquaries, Something for everyone and Inside the museum is the Oratorio di San'Andrea chapel which is scrumptious; a real gem like the Mausoleo di Gaila Placidia with fabulous mosaics. Don't miss the Sala dei Mosaici e della Vergine Orante where you can get up very close to the beautiful mosaics. Its a small museum and doable in less then an hour; well worth a visit! Plus nice bathrooms and gift shop!

Visited June 2013
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“Great for Ravenna, Average in terms of Italy.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

We had just traveled from Rome, Florence and Venice. To see some more "basic" art was ok. It didn't have some nice mosaic work, which was why we were in Ravenna. I would say it is a must see if you have the total ticket with San Vitale, etc.

Visited May 2013
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