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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  • Beautiful church, very high ceilings with wooden coffered ceilings. It has both charm and others in this same city, but it is worth the visit.
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  • The Church of St John the Evangelist was built in the 5th century a.d. by the Empress Galla Placidia to dissolve a vote during a storm at sea following the death of his brother Honorius. The Church is entered through an elegant Gothic portal, in the Lunette depicts the apparition of St John in Galla Placidia, crossing a green space and immediately you can see the beautiful and slender brick façade. The Bell Tower was erected in the 10th century. Nice the apse with the play of colours of the arches in brick and white marble columns. The bright Interior has two colonnades, with capitals of Corinthian type dating from the Roman period, which ends towards the apse preceded by a large triumphal arch that falls on two columns with Corinthian capitals especially the wooden roof. On the walls of the Church are the remains of the mosaic floor with beautiful depictions, such as the scenes depicting the Fourth Crusade with depictions of the soldiers or the particular depictions of fantasy figures with amazing colour effects.
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  • Another Church worth seeing in Ravenna is just this here. Inside then there are plenty of beautiful mosaics.
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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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