Basilica di S. Giovanni Evangelista, Ravenna
(4.5/5 based on 140+ 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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  • While you go on foot to the mausoleum of Theodoric, close to the railway station and the rocca brancaleone, check out this really cool church. Not included among the UNESCO sites and not highlighted in the guides but equally unmissable
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  • It is an active part of the city, close to the station, but the Basilica you will be taken through a special space in which sounds of organ music creates a mood for enjoying the Museum of ancient mosaics.
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  • very nice, you enter this beautiful church, and hang on the walls, there are many mosaics to the right than to the left of the nave, to visit.
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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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