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Battistero degli Ariani, Ravenna

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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Admire the exquisite ceiling mosaic at Battistero degli Ariani, a Christian monument and World Heritage Site. Built at the end of the 5th century by Ostrogothic ruler of Ravenna Theodoric, the structure was reconsecrated as an oratory dedicated to the Virgin Mary after the fall of Arian rule in 561. The only remaining decoration within the walls of the octagonal building is the intricate mosaic that adorns the ceiling. Look up to view the scenes depicting the baptism of Christ surrounded by the twelve apostles. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Ravenna holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Battistero degli Ariani and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • One of the places to see if you go to Ravenna. Rather small, but its beauty lies in its compactness.
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  • From the outside the building looks unassuming and below street level to the phenomenon of subsidence. But upon entering you will be dazzled by such beauty: a young Christ surrounded by the waters of the Jordan with a naïve effect of transparency of the waters. Impressive.
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  • Simple but with beautiful mosaics, to stand by and watch the baptism of Jesus, man to God. Charming
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  • Another Unesco Heritage Site, mosaic wonder showing the baptism of a youthful looking Jesus.
  • It's totally free and opens till 7:30 pm in summer time. Not a bad idea to start with it ;)
  • Theodoric costs less than Galla Placidia to erect it (she was Empress, basically). In the Center the baptism in the Jordan River, with Saint John the Baptist and the Holy Spirit. The cult is Arianism, which does not recognise dual nature of Christ. Jesus is surrounded by the Apostles, and the throne is empty (Hetoimasia).
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  • Included in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites, carried domination belongs to Ravenna. In addition to impressive effect of subsidence, the mosaic dome. It was part of the complex of the nearby church of the Holy Spirit. About half a century "younger" del Battistero Neoniano.
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  • Of extraordinary beauty forms was erected by Theodoric during his rule (493-526) as the ancient Aryan Cathedral baptistery, today the Church of the Holy Spirit, which is located in its vicinity. Inside one of the oldest and most beautiful mosaics of Ravenna and in the world. Don't miss the visit and be sure to read the incredible story of this monument.
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