Baptistery of the Arians in Ravenna, Italy
Baptistery of the Arians in Ravenna Italy. Hotels near the Baptistery of the Arians.
Photo: 1/2/3)inside, detail of the mosaic in the vault, 4)outside of the Baptistery, 5)the Baptistery with the church of Spirito Santo of the Theoderic's time, 6)the entry of the Baptistery
Ravenna is the only late-ancient period town to conserve a baptistery dedicated to the Arian cult, the mosaic decorations of which – at first glance so very similar to Catholic baptisteries – emphasises more in detail certain aspects (first of all, the corporeity and humanity of Christ, subordinate to the Father, one and only God) in contrast with the Catholic doctrine.
From an iconographic point of view, great interest is found in the uniqueness of the monumental mosaic, in which Christ naked is depicted, anatomically detailed with explicit realism.
The differences between the two baptisteries (Arian and Catholic) can be identified also from a stylistic standpoint.
Prof. Gianni Morelli
The pleasure of fine accommodation in the centre of Ravenna: we recommend the Fabbri hotels for a pleasant stay as follows:
The Centrale Byron hotel, 3-star hotel in the centre of Ravenna, close to the Baptistery of the Arians;
The Bisanzio, 4-star hotel in the centre of Ravenna, close to the Baptistery of the Arians;
Once you have reached the hotel and parked your car, forget it and walk everywhere, because everything is within walking distance.
The railway station is near our hotels and within walking distance.
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