Neonian Baptistery
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The Neonian Bapistry is an octagonal baptistery built in the 5th century. As the oldest building in Ravenna, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains some of the city's most beautiful Byzantine mosaics. 

It was built as part of Ravenna's orthodox cathedral built in the early 5th century but no longer stands in its original form. The baptistery was converted from an old Roman bath-house, beginning under Bishop Ursus around 400 AD.
The building was finished by Bishop Neone (451-75) in the second half of the 5th century, during which the mosaics were added to the dome. It is from this bishop that the Battistero Neoniano gets its name.

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Neonian Baptistery.jpg
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Neonian Baptistery.jpg
Neonian Baptistery.jpg
Neonian Baptistery.jpg
Neonian Baptistery.jpg
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Photo from Cummings (1901)

Photo from Jackson (1913)

Plan from Deichmann

Sources

Ravenna in Late Antiquity by Deborah Mauskopf Deliyannis

Byzantine Architecture by Cyril Mango

Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium edited by Alexander Kazhdan

Resources
Neonian Baptistery Album (Byzantine Legacy Flickr)

Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna (UNESCO)

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