Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), Ravenna

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Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), erected partly on the site of a Roman bath, represents the most ancient monument remaining in Ravenna. The octagonal shape symbolizes the seven days of the week plus the day of resurrection. Look toward the ceiling for a mosaic of John baptizing Jesus, with the twelve apostles surrounding the pair in the outside ring. UNESCO recognized the art here as both early Christian and decidedly Greco-Roman, and thus a piece of world heritage. Avoid timing your visit with that of a tour group, as they allow in only a limited number of tourists at one time. Take a look at our Ravenna trip generator to schedule your visit to Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi) and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The ticket (€11.50) of "Opera di Religione della di Ravenna properties" you will take Via Argentario, 22 will allow you to visit not only the baptistery, but also four other sites of the UNESCO World Heritage. This Orthodox baptistery is the oldest of the eight structures of the vile registered to this heritage. It's a simple octagonal building made of brick, not to be confused with the baptistery of the other Catholic community: the Arians, built by the King of the Ostrogoths: Theodoric. It is the Bishop Neone who did run the magnificent Interior mosaics. The dome represents the baptism of Christ in the waters of the Jordan River by John the Baptist. The rendering of the transparency of the water surprises. All around this central medallion on indigo blue, the twelve apostles, dominated by St Pierre and St Paul seem to be moving. In the centre, under the dome, a VAT of white Greek marble, monumental and octagonal, is used to baptize the faithful by almost total immersion. Around eight windows and stucco reliefs represent the prophets of the Old Testament. The pendants of the arches are decorated with male characters, on a background of acanthus leaves. This baptistery (like the other four visits of the group ticket) is a splendor.
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  • In a visit in Ravenna you can't leave out the neonian baptistery .... gem perfectly preserved. Exciting
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  • Since it is included in the ticket for the various monuments of the city, it's worth seeing it!
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  • Even if the mosaics in here are not the most wonderful in Ravenna you can still this baptistery (former roman bath if I'm not wrong) Is still a must-see.
  • Superb mosaics in an ageless building. Wonderful colours, the procession of the apostols and the baptizing scene. One of the great monuments of Ravenna.
  • Not the most stunning place of Ravenna, but in 99% of the other cities this would be THE highlight. Mosaics here are, again, so very impressive...
  • Remarkable frescoes.
  • Espetacular