Archiepiscopal Museum, Ravenna

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One of Ravenna's eight early Christian monuments recognized as a World Heritage Site, Archiepiscopal Museum occupies the second floor of a former bishop's palace. The oldest surviving private Christian oratory, the chapel is best known for its tapestry-like mosaics, likely created around 500 CE. While only a portion of the mosaics from the lower walls remains, the chapel vaults are lined with them. Parts of other walls contain images painted by artist Lucca Longhi, who worked here in the 16th century. Look for the mosaic depicting Jesus dressed as a victorious warrior and carrying his cross as a battering ram. Work out when and for how long to visit Archiepiscopal Museum and other Ravenna attractions using our handy Ravenna road trip planning site .
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  • The museum has some interesting Roman pieces but the star is the chapel of Saint Andrew. As elsewhere in Ravenna, it is covered in mosaics on every surface and includes over 90 depictions of local bir...  more »
  • Usually i don't like Diocesan museums, but that's particular and missed at least two attractions: the famous Chair of Maximian (entirely inlaid ivory) and the chapel of Sant'Andrea with its wonderful mosaics. The ticket is unique and cumulative to Basilica di San Vitale + Galla Placidia + Sant'Apollinare Nuovo Museo Arcivescovile and Battistero Neoniano +, with the famous chapel. All very special buildings for exterior and especially for mosaics.
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  • Small museum, rich in religious material obviously and capitals carved slabs, some painting. Don't miss the beautiful chapel you Sant'Andrea with a small hallway with mosaic x reach it, but especially the ivory Chair that are populated with small boards inlaid with the story of Joseph and Jesus. A true work of art!
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Famous for its ancient mosaics, Ravenna is packed with boutique hotels and luxury resorts. Stay near the center of the city for easy foot access to numerous museums, galleries, and World Heritage archeological sites. A less expensive alternative to brand-name hotels, small B&Bs located just minutes from the tourist-driven central districts offer access to secure parking and private yards. Alternatively, you can explore a host of self-catering apartments and private cottages in the picturesque countryside surrounding the city.
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