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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  • austere, that leaves you breathless, is worth a visit, is part of itinerareìi, another Pearl.
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  • It is located next to the Cathedral and the Archbishop's Museum. The emotion is being able to sit on the many chairs, lift l head and enjoy the wonder.
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  • Seeing a child-like Jesus being baptised in the river on the ceiling surrounded by others is extraordinary and we are not religious. Colours, luminosity and brightness of mosaics are a sight to behold...  more »
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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