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Arian Baptistery

  • Arian Baptistery - Holy water font

    Arian Baptistery - Holy water font

  • Arian Baptistery

    Arian Baptistery

  • Arian Baptistery under the snow

    Arian Baptistery under the snow

  • Tourists visiting the Arian Baptistery

    Tourists visiting the Arian Baptistery

  • Arian Baptistery - Procession of the Saints

    Arian Baptistery - Procession of the Saints

  • Arian Baptistery

    Arian Baptistery

  • Arian Baptistery by night

    Arian Baptistery by night

  • Arian Baptistery - Detail of the Baptism of Christ

    Arian Baptistery - Detail of the Baptism of Christ

  • Arian Baptistery - Detail of the River Jordan

    Arian Baptistery - Detail of the River Jordan

  • Arian Baptistery - Dome and windows. Detail

    Arian Baptistery - Dome and windows. Detail

  • Arian Baptistery during "Ravenna Bella di Sera"

    Arian Baptistery during "Ravenna Bella di Sera"

At the end of the 5th Century, when Theoderic had already consolidated his dominion and Arianism had become the official religion of the Court, the Arian Baptistery was built in the small square of the church of the Holy Spirit, the former Arian cathedral.
The building, octagonal in shape and with four small external apses, has sunk about 2.3 metres into the ground. Nothing remains of the various stuccos and decorations which certainly covered the internal walls. The cupola, instead, is adorned with mosaics depicting the procession of the twelve Apostles and the baptism of Christ, whose naked and young body is immersed in water to the hips. 

Although it shows the same iconographical structure of its model, the Baptistery of Neon, the mosaics of the Arian Baptistery are an evidence of the religious beliefs of Theoderic's court, based on Christ as both an earthly and divine figure.

While in the Orthodox Baptistery the 12 apostles hail the image of Christ on the central medallion as God’s son, in the Arian Baptistery they pay homage to a big throne decorated with gems and topped by a cross, from the arms of which hangs a purple cloth, symbol of Jesus’ corporeity and human suffering. 

 

Opening hours

From 30th October: every day 8.30am - 4.30pm

Last admittance: 15 minutes before closing time 


Closing days

The Baptistery is closed on 1st January, 1st May and 25th December.


Entrance fee

Ticket: 1€
Concession: 0,50€ *

* European Union citizens aged 18 to 25 years; Italian citizens residing abroad; non-EU citizens with conditions of reciprocity.


Free entry

Free admission on the first Sunday of the month; during special events by MIBACT (Italian Ministry of Cultural heritage and Activities); Romagna Visit Card holders; EU citizens aged less than 18 years; non-EU citizens under age; disabled and carers; non-EU citizens with conditions of reciprocity; EU guides and interpreters; MIBACT's staff; I.C.O.M. members; students of EU public and private schools accompanied by teachers; students of Higher Education courses organized by MIBACT; teachers and students of the Academy of Fine Arts and corresponding institutes of the European Union; high school teachers of art history; professors and graduate or post-graduate students of Art and Architecture; journalists with card.


Accessibility

The Baptistery is accessible to disabled people.


How to get there

The Baptistery is situated in the controlled traffic zone of the city centre, 100m. away from a car park. Bus stop 100m away (all routes). Close to Basilica of the Holy Spirit.

Edited by the editorial team

Contact us at: turismo@comune.ravenna.it

Last modified date: 07/11/2016

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