Arian Baptistery

Battistero degli Ariani Vicolo Degli Ariani, 1 Ravenna RA Italy

The Arian Baptistery was built in the late 5th century under Theoderic, when the Arian cult was the ...

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Battistero degli Ariani Vicolo Degli Ariani, 1 Ravenna RA Italy

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The Arian Baptistery was built in the late 5th century under Theoderic, when the Arian cult was the official state religion. There is nothing left of the various stuccos and decorations which used to cover the internal walls. The cupola, instead, is adorned with mosaics depicting the procession of the twelve Apostles and the Baptism of Christ, whose naked young body is immersed in water to the hips. The mosaics are an evidence of the Arian beliefs of the court, though inspired by the iconography of the Baptistery of Neon.

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Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo

Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo Via di Roma 52, Ravenna RA Italy

Erected in the 6th century by Theoderic close to his palace, the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo ...

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Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo Via di Roma 52, Ravenna RA Italy

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Erected in the 6th century by Theoderic close to his palace, the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo was originally a Palatine Church of Arian religion. The original mosaics of the interior document the evolution of Byzantine wall mosaics from the era of Theoderic to that of Justinian. The 26 christological scenes from the period of Theoderic are one of the biggest monumental cycles and, at the same time, the most ancient original mosaic work on the New Testament of all times.

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Oratory Of Sant’Andrea – Archiepiscopal Chapel

Cappella di S. Andrea Piazza Arcivescovado, 1 Ravenna RA Italy

The Oratory of Sant'Andrea or Archiepiscopal Chapel is the only existing archiepiscopal chapel ...

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Cappella di S. Andrea Piazza Arcivescovado, 1 Ravenna RA Italy

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The Oratory of Sant'Andrea or Archiepiscopal Chapel is the only existing archiepiscopal chapel of the early Christian era that has been preserved intact to the present day. It was erected as a private oratory for Catholic bishops by Peter II (494-519) under the reign of Theoderic, when Arianism was the main religion of the court. The cross-shaped chapel is preceded by a small vestibule, covered with marble and mosaics depicting an anti-Arian glorification of Christ. The decoration of the vault of the vestibule shows 99 species of birds, some of which typical of Ravenna’s natural areas.

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Mausoleum of Theoderic

Mausoleo di Teodorico Via delle Industrie 14, Ravenna RA Italy

Erected by Theoderic around 520 as his own resting place, this mausoleum of Istrian stone is divided ...

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Mausoleo di Teodorico Via delle Industrie 14, Ravenna RA Italy

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Erected by Theoderic around 520 as his own resting place, this mausoleum of Istrian stone is divided into two decagonal orders crowned by a monolithic dome measuring 10m in diameter. Over the centuries, its decorations were gradually stripped off and the tomb was used for different functions. In its interior, there is a circular porphyry tub where Theoderic was presumably buried.

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Basilica of San Vitale

Basilica di San Vitale Via Argentario 22, Ravenna RA Italy

Consecrated in 548 AD, the Basilica of San Vitale is one of the most important monuments of the Earl ...

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Basilica di San Vitale Via Argentario 22, Ravenna RA Italy

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Consecrated in 548 AD, the Basilica of San Vitale is one of the most important monuments of the Early Christian art. The eastern influence has a dominant role here: the typical division into nave and two aisles is replaced by a central, octagonal plan, topped by a cupola that rests on eight pilasters and arches. On entering the Basilica of San Vitale, the eyes are captured by the elevation and width of spaces, by the stunning mosaic decorations of the apse representing the Byzantine imperial couple – Justinian and Theodora – and by the baroque frescoes of the cupola.

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Archiepiscopal Museum

Museo Arcivescovile Piazza Arcivescovado 1, Ravenna RA Italy

Located inside the Archiepiscopal Palace of Ravenna, the Archiepiscopal Museum contains numerous art ...

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Museo Arcivescovile Piazza Arcivescovado 1, Ravenna RA Italy

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Located inside the Archiepiscopal Palace of Ravenna, the Archiepiscopal Museum contains numerous artworks that belonged to the ancient cathedral and to other buildings now demolished. It contains the throne of Maximian, one of the most renowned ivory carvings of all times and the work of 6th-century Byzantine artists. The museum is home to the Chapel of St. Andrew.

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Dante Museum

Museo Dantesco Via Dante Alighieri 4/6, Ravenna RA Italy

Dante Museum is located in the charming Ancient Franciscan Cloisters. The exhibition itinerary aims ...

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Museo Dantesco Via Dante Alighieri 4/6, Ravenna RA Italy

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Dante Museum is located in the charming Ancient Franciscan Cloisters. The exhibition itinerary aims at highlighting the role played in Dante’s life by the city of Ravenna where the exiled poet spent his last days. Focus of the exhibition is the iconography of Dante, exemplified by busts, paintings, medals and icons. The museum traces back the memories relating to the Tomb and to the well-known issue of the translation of Dante’s bones, that had been concealed for centuries till their chance founding in 1865.

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MAR-Ravenna Art Museum

Mar - Museo D'Arte della Città di Ravenna Via di Roma 13, Ravenna RA Italy

MAR – Museo d'Arte della Città di Ravenna (Ravenna Art Museum) is housed in the monumental s ...

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Mar - Museo D'Arte della Città di Ravenna Via di Roma 13, Ravenna RA Italy

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MAR – Museo d'Arte della Città di Ravenna (Ravenna Art Museum) is housed in the monumental site known as Loggetta Lombardesca, a monastery from the 16th century belonging to the near church of Santa Maria in Porto. Home to many temporary art exhibitions, the art museum hosts a collection of medieval and modern art and some contemporary mosaics from the post-war years to the present day. It also includes the International Centre for the Documentation of Mosaics (CIDM).

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National Museum

Museo Nazionale di Ravenna Via San Vitale 17, Ravenna RA Italy

Housed in the cloisters of the former Benedictine Monastery next to the Basilica of San Vitale, the ...

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Museo Nazionale di Ravenna Via San Vitale 17, Ravenna RA Italy

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Housed in the cloisters of the former Benedictine Monastery next to the Basilica of San Vitale, the National Museum houses important collections of minor arts (archaeological finds, precious textiles, ivories, etc.), as well as the cycle of 14th-century frescoes of Santa Chiara that decorated the church of the Poor Clare Sisters in Ravenna, now Luigi Rasi Theatre.

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Basilica of San Francesco

Basilica di San Francesco Piazza San Francesco 1, Ravenna RA Italy

The construction of the Basilica of San Francesco goes back to the mid-5th century AD. However, very ...

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Basilica di San Francesco Piazza San Francesco 1, Ravenna RA Italy

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The construction of the Basilica of San Francesco goes back to the mid-5th century AD. However, very little remains of the early Christian church because of the frequent reconstructions that have modified the original shape of the building. The church looks very neat from the outside, while the interior houses a 10th century crypt propped up by small pilasters situated under the altar. The crypt floor is now permanently submerged in water and yet it is still possible to catch glimpse of the mosaic fragments that used to decorate the floor of the original church.

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Cathedral (Basilica Ursiana)

Cattedrale di Ravenna Piazza Duomo, Ravenna RA Italy

Designed by Giovanni Francesco Buonamici, the Cathedral of Ravenna was completely re-built between 1 ...

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Cattedrale di Ravenna Piazza Duomo, Ravenna RA Italy

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Designed by Giovanni Francesco Buonamici, the Cathedral of Ravenna was completely re-built between 1734 and 1735 on the site where Bishop Urso had erected the former cathedral of the city in the late 4th century. The original floor is now over 3 metres below ground level. The interior of this church is divided into a central nave and two side aisles. Wholly frescoed by Giovan Battista and Andrea Barbiani, the nearly 50m-high dome rests on a tambour topped by a lantern and illuminated by eight big windows.

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Domus of the Stone Carpets

Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra Via Barbiani 16, Ravenna RA Italy

The Domus of the Stone Carpets is one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the last d ...

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Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra Via Barbiani 16, Ravenna RA Italy

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The Domus of the Stone Carpets is one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the last decades in Italy. It consists of a complex of buildings dating back to the Roman Republic up to the Byzantine period. One of these is particularly interesting: a small palace where 14 rooms and 3 courtyards have been identified, covered with marble tarsia or mosaics showing refined patterns and figures made of polychrome tiles (mid-6th century).

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Rasponi Crypt and Roof Gardens of the Provincia Palace

Cripta Rasponi e Giardini Pensili del Palazzo della Provincia Piazza San Francesco 1, Ravenna RA Italy

Although originally intended to be the funeral chapel of the Rasponi family, the Rasponi crypt was n ...

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Cripta Rasponi e Giardini Pensili del Palazzo della Provincia Piazza San Francesco 1, Ravenna RA Italy

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Although originally intended to be the funeral chapel of the Rasponi family, the Rasponi crypt was never used for this purpose. The crypt is divided into three rooms with mosaic floors: the entrance, a room containing a stone sphere and a third room with a small altar for religious ceremonies.
The Roof gardens show a nice fountain and a Neo-Gothic tower. Visitors can enter the near terrace situated on the 1839 vault from the roof passage overlooking Piazza San Francesco which used to connect Rasponi Palace to its horse stables and warehouses.

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Classense Library

Biblioteca Classense Via Alfredo Baccarini, 3, Ravenna RA Italy

The construction of the Classense Library began in 1512. Paintings and artworks by numerous artists ...

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Biblioteca Classense Via Alfredo Baccarini, 3, Ravenna RA Italy

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The construction of the Classense Library began in 1512. Paintings and artworks by numerous artists from the 16th to the 18th century still decorate the library rooms and corridors. Adorned with statues, stuccoes and finely carved wood shelves, the Aula Magna or Libreria is of utmost importance. The library preserves a wide collection of books of different types ranging from ancient and modern printed works, manuscripts and etchings to maps, photographs, archive documents and multimedia materials.

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Dante’s Tomb and Quadrarco di Braccioforte

Tomba di Dante Via Dante Alighieri 9, Ravenna RA Italy

Built in 1780 by architect Camillo Morigia, the little neoclassical temple houses Dante's bones ...

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Tomba di Dante Via Dante Alighieri 9, Ravenna RA Italy

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Built in 1780 by architect Camillo Morigia, the little neoclassical temple houses Dante's bones. Inside the Tomb, a 1483 relief by Pietro Lombardo situated above the sarcophagus depicts Dante at a reading-desk; in the middle of the temple, an 18th century votive lamp burns olive oil from Tuscan Apennines.
Located to the right of the Tomb, the garden of the Quadrarco di Braccioforte hosts two sarcophagi.

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Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo Ravenna RA Italy

Piazza del Popolo was built by the Venetians as the core of the renewal process carried out under th ...

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Piazza del Popolo Ravenna RA Italy

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Piazza del Popolo was built by the Venetians as the core of the renewal process carried out under the dominion of the Serenissima in the city of Ravenna.
In 1483 two columns were erected on the square, one topped by the lion of Saint Mark and the other by the statue of Saint Apollinaris, the patron saint of the city. In 1509, when Pope Julius II defeated the Venetians and conquered the city, all emblems of the Serenissima disappeared. The lion of St. Mark was replaced by the statue of Apollinaris while Saint Vitalis was placed on top of the second column.

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