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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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  • worth a visit (the entrance fee is included in the mandatory combined ticket which costs 9.50 euros for 5 UNESCO sites) Although compared to other sites offering little in terms of mosaics
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  • Old Ravenna mosaic, all consists of outwardly similar ancient buildings interspersed with less ancient. And this is the first time I just skim through it inspected and went on. Later, when looking for it already knew that these walls 15 centuries. Very simple and ingenious.
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  • Fine example of mosaic, you visit along with other sites in Ravenna. Interesting time, with recurring religious themes.
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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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