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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  • 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 »
  • The basilica is the oldest church in Ravenna because it was built at the time of Galla Placidia but from the outside it looks because it is characterized by a Gothic portal and a tall bell tower which are of a later period. But inside are of ancient mosaics that were part of a pavement found in the excavations. Nothing spectacular like the other mosaics of Ravenna because are much simpler as poor color and design but interesting.
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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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  • 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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