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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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  • It doesn't take too long to visit and the entrance is part of a collective ticket. There are few pieces that are really stunning!!!!! 
  • Next to the Duomo of Ravenna and Battistero Neoniano is this museum that should definitely be visited for two extraordinary works. Firstly for the Episcopal Chair of Maximian, built in ivory in the sixth century, probably in Constantinople. The Chair, has a wooden core, covered with numerous precious ivory panels carved with bas-reliefs. Another jewel of the Museum is the archiepiscopal Chapel of St. Andrew, built in the first half of the fifth century in the shape of a cross and entirely covered with precious mosaics, including the Christ the warrior with the cross on his shoulder, as if it were a sword (clear reference to combating the Arian heresy of the Goths).
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  • Inside the Museum, the chapel of Saint Andrew is a real treat, with ancient mosaics in perfect condition. The vestibule is decorated with various figures of birds, one of which is very famous and become one of the "symbols" of the mosaics of Ravenna. In contrast, the ivory throne Museum is unique in the world, worth seeing.
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  • Very disappointing and small collection with a rude staff to add to your dissatisfaction.
  • The ivory throne, alone justifies a visit. Not to be missed. Falls within the circuit of the mosaics of Ravenna.
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  • Great ivory throne
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  • Fantastic!... Parts breathtaking, a presentation easy and full of flavor. The discovery of a whole art of stone and ivory, allowing us to tap the splendor of late Antiquity. A must-see!
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  • Very nice
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