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“Don't pass it by. Beautiful and good rest stop”

Archiepiscopal Museum
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Ravenna 3-Hour Private Guided Tour
Ranked #10 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).
Clearwater, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Don't pass it by. Beautiful and good rest stop”
Reviewed June 19, 2014

Truthfully, we stopped here looking for a restroom (they have a nice one) because it was close to the baptistery we had just left and it was free on the combined ticket. But, so glad we did stop here and we stayed longer than intended. Surprised what we saw. The museum didn't do much for us after many hours of being awed by the mosaics in Ravenna. But, we were once again awed by this chapel. Different from the rest of Ravenna. It was cool inside. Large and uncrowded. Very easy to enjoy. Plenty of places to sit and take it all in. A nice rest stop as well as beautiful.

Visited May 2014
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Umea, Sweden
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“Lots of tomb stones”
Reviewed June 14, 2014

The museum has some really unique pieces like the archbishop's ivory chair and a wall calendar, as well as a stunning small chapel, but most of the collection is funerary art and not particularly impressive. But the museum is right next to the Neoniano Baptistry and included in the combo ticket, so you can just pop in and see the few interesting things.

Visited June 2014
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“The churches, Batisteries and Mausoleum dwindle the museum”
Reviewed June 1, 2014

The museum would be nice elsewhere. In Ravena, after you visit the real monuments, it is difficult to present a museum that will impress you.

Visited May 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Good museum and beautiful chapel”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

I probably would not have gone to the Archepiscopal Museum if it hadn't been included in the combined ticket for the top sights in Ravenna, but I am very glad that I went. The first few rooms mostly display funerary art, which was nice but not awe-inspiring. However, the small oratory of St Andrew was a real gem with gorgeous mosaics depicting apostles, evangelists, martyrs and saints on a scale and level where they can easily be seen and appreciated. The facial details and distinctive expressions were especially interesting. The museum also has some other beautiful and unusual pieces such as a 6th century episcopal throne made of ornately carved ivory and an unusual 4th or 5th century Easter Calendar used to determine when the Spring Equinox and, therefore, Easter, would fall. Don't miss this little museum!

Visited October 2013
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Oakland, California
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“Very interesting and worth the visit”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is different than the other places in Ravenna. There are some very interesting pieces that are worth seeing.

Visited October 2013
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