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. Use our Ravenna trip itinerary site to visit Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi) on your trip to Ravenna, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Writing reviews for the sites in Ravenna which have mosaics becomes a bit difficult after a while. Like many other sites in Ravenna, this has a stunning collection of mosaics on all surfaces, includin...  more »
  • Ravenna and its mosaics: not to be missed if you are in the area. The ticket is unique and cumulative for the Basilica San Vitale + Galla Placidia + Sant'Apollinare Nuovo Museo Arcivescovile and Battistero Neoniano +, with the famous chapel. All very special buildings for exterior and especially for mosaics. This is one of the oldest monuments of Ravenna. Impresses with amazing colors of the mosaics: many, very lively and everywhere, from the ceiling to the intense blue of the lunettes. But the structure is armoniosissima.
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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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