Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), Ravenna

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World heritage site · Religious Site · Historic Site
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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  • Gorgeous ceiling in a small room. The problem was the online booking only, which did not work at first as was a real hassle. Annoying. It did not accept my credit card and the staff are not allowed...  more »
  • This Battisterio has lots of 1500 year old mosaics that are special because you can get quite close to them and the saints‘ faces and gestures are not uniform like in other sites, but quite...  more »
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  • Wonderful place, and the site where the famous Swiss psychologist Carl Jung had a strange "time travel" experience, as described in his classic book "Memories, Dreams, Reflections" .

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