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 visit is included in the ticket to €9.50, along with San Vitale, Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and Archdiocesan Museum. The structure is very similar to that of the baptistery ' twin ' of the Arians, although slightly larger and with a cycle of mosaics richer and extended. Also in the middle there's still hot x baptism. Obligatory x visitors to Ravenna Byzantine.
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  • Really nice-one of the many masterpieces of Ravenna, sights along with the other mentioned. And fee but its worth it for sure
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  • Unique mosaics. Garden and romantic movies. Well maintained and fresh. Green of Enchantment that surrounds the Baptistery. Go and see
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  • A small, intimate space with a coherent and stunning decorative scheme. Over the centuries the floor has been raised 3 metres and as a result you really feel close the the mosaics!
  • Ravenna is famous for many Bizantine sights, and the Battisterio is one of the most wonderful, with many many colorful and golden mosaics on the walls and ceiling. Definitely a must see.
  • beautiful. amazing to surviving 5th century mosaic art in it's original environment.
  • Superb mosaics in an ageless building. Wonderful colours, the procession of the apostols and the baptizing scene. One of the great monuments of Ravenna.
  • 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.

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Famous for its ancient mosaics, Ravenna is packed with boutique hotels and luxury resorts. Stay near the center of the city for easy foot access to numerous museums, galleries, and World Heritage archeological sites. A less expensive alternative to brand-name hotels, small B&Bs located just minutes from the tourist-driven central districts offer access to secure parking and private yards. Alternatively, you can explore a host of self-catering apartments and private cottages in the picturesque countryside surrounding the city.
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