Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), Ravenna

Categories: Ruins, Castles, Tourist Spots
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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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  • This building is not so big but its crammed full with amazingly beautiful mosaics. Its one of the places included in the ticket so don't miss it out 
  • Revenue and look around at the top especially ... don't worry about cervical cancer so worth it. Maybe bring a guide to better understand representations. They were Orthodox and the figures prove it; the quality of the mosaic is typical of Ravenna!
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  • In any other city this would be a show stopper. The central image of Christ half submerged in the water is amazingly realistic 
  • 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...
  • Erected by Galla Placidia, presents a beautifully decorated dome. Is depicted the baptism of Christ by St. John (naturalistic style). The altars are empty (Hetoimasia), waiting for Christ we sit to judge (unearthly vision, typical of the East). The Red sheep represent the blessed ones, blue ones the damned. Christ is here nude, situation that we find more up to Masaccio.
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  • Beautiful mosaics, perhaps among the most striking in Ravenna.
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