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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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  • Will review the Ravenna Mosaics generally as is difficult to just pick one as a favorite, they are all so amazing, and historically significant. It is definitely worth the time spending a few days in ...  more »
  • This was a nice visit. While similar to another in Ravenna it is different as well as older. Too bad the church in front is not open.  more »
  • The Arian Baptistery was built by King Theodoric in the early 6th century. The mosaic depicting a scene of the baptism of Jesus with figures of the apostles around it adorns the building's dome. Entry...  more »
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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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