Basilica di San Giovanni Evangelista, Ravenna

4.4
Built in the fifth century, Basilica di San Giovanni Evangelista bears evidence of its lengthy history. Over the centuries, the structure underwent numerous changes and updates, including a bell tower added in the 10th century, and a Gothic renovation in the 14th century, of which the intricate gate remains. The 18th century saw it stripped of most of its mosaics, though today you can view two remaining fragments from the fifth century--the first recorded Christian use of the hooked cross--as well as some 13th-century mosaics. The art was severely damaged by 1944 air raids, but remaining pieces are still on display inside the church, including fragments of floor mosaics and frescoes. The attraction is easily reachable within the city, but keep in mind that services still occur daily. Discover how to plan a Ravenna trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • I was dumbfounded at the number of mosaics housed here! Not usually on the top 10 list for Ravenna, but I would definitely put it in that category!  more »
  • This church has stunning fragments of ancient mosaics. Although old they are well displayed. This church suffered great damage during WW2. Free entry. Not as beautiful as many other churches but well....  more »
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  • One of the oldest church in Ravenna, unfortunately destroyed during the WWII and then reconstructed. Very quiet place.
  • Surprised how nice it was for being off the usual guides. But that is the beauty of Italy. Mostly renovated after wwii but portal and mosaics are significant.
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