Basilica di S. Giovanni Evangelista, Ravenna

(4.5/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
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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  • You enter the Church through an arched opening in the wall that encloses a garden. Passing the arch, begin to feel a Gregorian chant spread by speakers positioned both outside and inside. Particular, peaceful atmosphere, different from usual monastic silence of other places of worship. Along the inner walls are arranged many mosaics, which I think were originally pavements, however are arranged as ' paintings ' on the walls. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves to comment on them, due to the appearance of many naïve [unicorns that look like dogs, random, ridiculous proportions expressions]. The entrance to the Church is free, it's worth something for everything.
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  • When we walked in we were surprised because on its walls were hung countless mosaic fragments from panels make it seem almost a. .. " Picture Gallery ". Also of interest is the history of this church because in the fifth century AD the Empress Galla Placidia commissioned its construction to dissolve a vote during a storm at sea following the death of his brother Honorius, while returning from Constantinople to Ravenna to the settlement of son Valentinian III on the throne of the West. In the middle ages the entrance was proceeded by a portico, now replaced by a wall that borders a green space, accessed through a beautiful 14th-century Gothic portal. The Bell Tower dates back to the 10th century. The Church, with three naves, was subject at different times in various operations the last in particular, caused by the bombing of the second world war which caused, over the loss of the frescoes from the 12th-14th centuries, even the destruction of the mosaics of the apse. On the inside though the beautiful fragments of the floor of the basilica, depicting themes derived from novels of the time, fantastic animals and characters of the Fourth Crusade we have amply repaid. For these alone was worth the visit!
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  • The city of Ravenna has a fantastic roadmap of temples to visit. In addition, it's very easy to go and perform all visits. This Basilica is the first after leaving the train station. It is a very ancient structure, a simple altar and an exhibition of fragments of mosaics on the walls. Admission is free, quick tour of about 10 minutes.
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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.
  • Beautiful.
  • A real gem
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