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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  • A single ticket is valid for all the attractions of Ravenna, see stands for the sake of mosaics on the ceiling and the font, which is 5 centuries
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  • A very small and unassuming site beside the Duomo of Ravenna, but a highly important late-Roman / Byzantine site. The Orthodox Baptistery is an interesting counterpoint to the Arian Baptistery on the ...  more »
  • Via central Ravenna not for tourism, we "met" the Baptistery. Walked in for a quick visit, we instead paused to admire the beautiful mosaic!
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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