Archiepiscopal Museum, Ravenna

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World heritage site · Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
One of Ravenna's eight early Christian monuments recognized as a World Heritage Site, Archiepiscopal Museum occupies the second floor of a former bishop's palace. The oldest surviving private Christian oratory, the chapel is best known for its tapestry-like mosaics, likely created around 500 CE. While only a portion of the mosaics from the lower walls remains, the chapel vaults are lined with them. Parts of other walls contain images painted by artist Lucca Longhi, who worked here in the 16th century. Look for the mosaic depicting Jesus dressed as a victorious warrior and carrying his cross as a battering ram. Work out when and for how long to visit Archiepiscopal Museum and other Ravenna attractions using our handy Ravenna road trip planning site.
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  • There is a reason that the palace/museum is on the 5-site visitor’s ticket. The small chapel has nice mosaics (though not as impressive as in the other 4 sites) - but our highlights were the ivory...  more »
  • Don't miss the Paschal calendar, the magnificent Ivory Cathedra and, of course, the Chapel of Sant'Andrea  more »
  • Nice small museum with artifacts from time of early Christians in Ravenna. It also includes St. Andrew's chapel with beautiful mosaics. Entrance is within one ticket with Ravenna UNESCO "mosaic churches".
  • Small and can easily be seen in 20 min.
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