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Sant’Eufemia Church – Domus of the Stone Carpets

Domus of the Stone Carpets (Ravenna)

CHURCH OF SANT’EUFEMIA and DOMUS OF THE STONE CARPETS are significant evidences of the sacred and ritual role of water for the city of Ravenna.

According to the tradition, Saint Apollinaris, disciple of Saint Peter and founder of the church in Ravenna, would have administered the first sacraments and laid the remains of Euphemia got back from Aquileia right in this place.

There is not much information about the original church. Literary sources and archaeological excavations show that it was a three-aisled building probably built during the 5th century. The actual church, built around 1742 and 1747 on the foundations of the old one, was designed by Gianfrancesco Buonamici.

From this church, you can also have access to the Domus of the Stone Carpets, found in 1993 at a depth of 3 metres.

It is a multilayered site covering a much larger time span ranging from the 2nd-3rd century AD to the Middle Ages. Inside, it is possible to identify three different overlapping private houses dating back to different periods, including a 6th-century mansion with a wide and luxurious mosaic floor.

More information

For more information and to plan your visit click here: Domus of the Stone Carpets

Edited by the local editing team

Last edit: 11 November 2021