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. Discover how to plan a Ravenna trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • It is impressive to see how destroyed it in the war: there are photos and drawings to show how it was and how was
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  • Speechless the grandeur and oppulenza of this basilica. Not to be missed, a symbol of luxury of the past.
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  • We took the train from Riccione to Ravenna. As our exit of the train station, we strolled on the avenue Farini. Even if we had not planned visit this church, we are happy with us being arrested and having visited. This church dates back to the 5th century. The Bell Tower, meanwhile, date from the 10th century. Inside, you can see an exhibition of mosaics on the walls and I particularly liked the huge table on the back wall of the Church. The entrance is free.
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  • No mosaics inside, but definitely worth the visit as a good example of paleo-christian art. Built in 424 AD...
  • 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 !
  • Beautiful with rustic old world charm.
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