Basilica di S. Giovanni Evangelista, Ravenna

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Built in the fifth century, Basilica di S. Giovanni Evangelista bears evidence of its lengthy history. Over the centuries, the structure underwent numerous changes and updates, including a bell tower added in the 10th century, and a Gothic renovation in the 14th century, of which the intricate gate remains. The 18th century saw it stripped of most of its mosaics, though today you can view two remaining fragments from the fifth century--the first recorded Christian use of the hooked cross--as well as some 13th-century mosaics. The art was severely damaged by 1944 air raids, but remaining pieces are still on display inside the church, including fragments of floor mosaics and frescoes. The attraction is easily reachable within the city, but keep in mind that services still occur daily. Put Basilica di S. Giovanni Evangelista into our Ravenna trip itinerary builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Ravenna.
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  • July 11, 2017
    Despite being out of the loop of the main attractions I consider this very beautiful Basilica. One of the oldest of the city, built by Galla Placidia in 425 and later dedicated to the Templars their mosaics are not so striking as the San Vitale however are beautiful and historic importance and beauty worth visiting free entry
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  • July 4, 2017
    Built by Galla Palcidia, so if you see her mausoleum (which is a MUST SEE in Ravenna), this church is interesting and an excellent example of architecture for this period. A good quiet place for medit...  more »
  • July 2, 2017
    This was a nice little church- under the altar there were some steps down and a little archway which you looked through to see a little sunken room. This was flooded at the bottom and had some fish sw...  more »
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  • A very beautiful church with a beautiful garden. What most impressed me there is a prayer written in a banner on the wall. One of the most beautiful prayer that I could dedicate to the ones I love. I'm also attaching a picture of the prayer here.
  • when you arrive Ravenna by train, the first Basilica should be here. that's all. Mosaic wasn't impressive but calm and cozy
  • Beautiful with rustic old world charm.
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Where to stay in Ravenna

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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