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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Ravenna attractions like Archiepiscopal Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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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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  • The collection here includes a fantastic Ivory Bishops Throne and also an entire chapel, moved from its original location. Well worth a visit for these two highlights alone.  more »
  • The museum is covered by the combined ticket. It's rather small but they have a few interesting items on display, namely pretty good mosaic pieces. Photography is not allowed.  more »
  • Some interesting items, but NO pictures are allowed, not even without flash. The only museum visited so far in Italy with that policy. The Cappelle is the closest look you're going to get to in situ c...  more »