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Battistero degli Ariani, Ravenna

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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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  • Less famous but equally exciting, Goodale's small, collected, do not miss, off the tour ticket to Ravenna
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  • A bit isolated in the historic centre this delightful small baptistery, built end V th and beginning VI th centuries, has a dome beautifully decorated with mosaics on the theme of Jesus surrounded by his Apostles. It is not included in the pass proposed (11.50 euros to access the 5 most beautiful buildings in the city) but we pay 1 euro ticket to a distributor placed at the entrance. A visit of course.
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  • Visited with students. The boys were fascinated by the beauty of the mosaic inside. Worth a visit
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  • Beautiful baptistery with extraordinary mosaics.
  • 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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  • The Arian baptistery was the baptistery barbarian population, which adhered to Christianity according to the Trinitarian declination of monaco Ario, which spread the new religion among those populations.
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