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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  • Well groomed and very unique and distinctive. Typically "Ravenna", rich in mosaics. Accessible ticket
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  • The city known for its beautiful mosaics of extreme complexity and beauty. To enter you need tickets.
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  • The octagonal baptistery, named for Bishop Neon, where he was decorated with mosaics. In the center of the baptistery octagonal font stands and under the dome is an amazing mosaic with scenes of the baptism and the twelve apostles. Pulpit, designed for reading the Scriptures, is interesting because carved from a piece of marble. On the perimeter of the building are bulging and voluminous figures of prophets, they seem to be from all sides monitor what is happening in the Center. Fantasy draws the rite of baptism.
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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