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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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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  • Thought we had seen all there was in Ravenna when on our way to the station we found this great church. Must see and really well preserved pieces of the original mosaics for a churches that was comple...  more »
  • On the advice of a couple I had met on the train from Bologna, on my way back to the station, I stopped at San Giovanni Evangelista, a handsome small church originally built in the Fifth Century by Ga...  more »
  • It said 425, if I remember correctly, whereas the others are built in 430. We literally stumbled on it, on our way from the Railway station to the major landmarks. This one may not be so impressive as...  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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