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Baptistery of Neon

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Ravenna: UNESCO Mosaics Entry Tickets

1. Ravenna: UNESCO Mosaics Entry Tickets

See more of Ravenna with a combo ticket for San Vitale and Sant Apollinare Nuovo, with an included visit to St. Andrew's Chapel inside the Archiepiscopal Museum. San Vitale: In Ravenna, check out the San Vitale, an octagonal 6th-century wonder that combines classic Roman and Byzantine architectural elements. Along its walls, stories from the Old Testament are depicted using thousands of tiny tiles to create intricate mosaics. Adjacent mosaics pay loyal tribute to Roman royalty – Emporer Justinian I and Empress Theodora. The mausoleum of Galla Placidia, dating from the first half of the 5th century, is not far from the Basilica of San Vitale. Its functional identification with a funerary building and that of its patron, the empress Galla Placidia, are widely spread in academic circles, but there is no certainty of either. The mausoleum is listed as an Italian UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sant Apollinare Nuovo: Erected by Ostrogoth king Theodoric the Great in the 6th century, the discreet Sant Apollinare Nuovo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with hidden treasures. Inside, you'll discover floor-to-ceiling mosaics from the Byzantine era, once painted black by Pope Gregory the Great to keep parishioners focused on prayer, and reconstructed after damage from WWI. Inside, you'll find the oldest mosaic cycle related to the life of Christ. St. Andrew's Chapel: Evidence of the religious divide during the early Byzantine era can be seen clearly at St. Andrew's Chapel, where more mosaics tell the story of important people and places of Ravenna. Dubbed the "hidden pearl" of the Archbishop Museum, St. Andrew's Chapel can be found inside. As the private chapel for the bishops of Ravenna, it contains epigraphs, the Cathedral treasure, and an ivory throne of bishop Maximian. The Neonian Baptistery is named after Bishop Neon, who continued its construction after his predecessor, Ursus. Inside, it stands out for the decoration of the entire mosaic dome dating back to the time of Bishop Neone.

From Bologna: Ravenna Unesco Monuments Guided Tour

2. From Bologna: Ravenna Unesco Monuments Guided Tour

The site is of outstanding universal value being of remarkable significance by virtue of the supreme artistry of the mosaic art that the monuments contain, and also because of the crucial evidence that they provide of artistic and religious relationships and contacts at an important period of European cultural history. In this way the Unesco World Heritage motivated why eight monuments of Ravenna had been added to the World Heritage List. The eternal beauty of the mosaics guarded inside some of the most famous Ravenna Unesco monuments, Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, Basilica of San Vitale, Battistero Neoniano and Chapel of Sant'Andrea. The visit that starts from Piazza San Francesco, into the city centre, and leads you to several Unesco monuments.

Ravenna: Private Walking Tour With Mosaics

3. Ravenna: Private Walking Tour With Mosaics

Discover Ravenna and visit the most significant monuments of the city on a walking tour. Join your private guide on a gentle stroll through ancient streets and learn about their rich history. Admire the early Christian and Byzantine mosaics, with tickets included. Meet your guide to explore what was the capital of the Western Roman Empire between the 5th and 8th centuries. Travel through local history, from the days of the Roman Empire to the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths, and finally, to the Byzantine Exarchate. Come across the traces of this intricate past, gathered in the splendid early Christian buildings and UNESCO monuments. Access the world-famous mosaics and marvel at their incredible designs. Gaze at the majestic Basilica of San Apollinare.

Best of Ravenna on a private tour

4. Best of Ravenna on a private tour

Welcome to the enchanting city of Ravenna, where history unfolds in vibrant mosaics. I am Luana, your local expert tour guide, eager to take you through a journey of time and culture. Ravenna was one of the most important cities of Late Antique Europe and hosts some spectacular works of art and architecture from 5th and 6th centuries AD Embark on a captivating walking tour through the UNESCO-listed sites of Ravenna, delving into the narratives behind early Christian monuments. From the mesmerizing mosaics of St. Apollinare Nuovo to the grandeur of St. Vitale, each site contributes a unique chapter to Ravenna's rich cultural heritage. In this tour we are going to visit the following five UNESCO monuments: - Church of St. Vitale, one of the most impressive surviving example of early Christian Byzantine monument. - Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, which stands as an exquisite testament to the artistry of early Christian craftsmen, showcasing exceptional designs. - Church of St. Apollinare Nuovo, originally erected as a palatine church for the king of Goths. - Archbishop's Chapel, the sole surviving example of an early Christian archbishop's chapel that has arrived intact to the present day. - Neonian Baptistery, one of the best-preserved examples of a baptistery from 5th century, adorned with breathtaking mosaics.

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