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The Baroque cathedral of Ravenna was built in the 18th century by the architect Giovanni Francesco Buonamici. Its interior contains lavish decorations and frescoes typical of the period. Although beautiful, its construction ensured that the ancient Ravenna cathedral, known as la Basilica Ursiana, was lost forever. Built in the late 4th century by the Bishop of Ravenna, Orso (Ursus), la Basilica Ursiana boasted mosaics, five naves and 56 columns, and was probably as magnificent as any Paleochristian church in Ravenna. Sadly, it had reached a crumbling state and was destroyed in 1733 to clear the site for a new cathedral. From the original structure, only the crypt and some red granite columns in the front portico have survived along with the 10th century cylindrical bell tower. Several items from the original basilica have been preserved within the Duomo, including some 5th-6th century sarcophagi and a striking 6th century white marble pulpit with animal and bird bas-reliefs. Other remains are on display in the adjacent museum, Museo Arcivescovile, which also contains the stunning mosaic-covered Cappella Sant'Andrea. The Neonian Baptisry (il Battistero degli Ortodossi), one of Ravenna's most celebrated monuments, is also adjacent to the Duomo.
Address: Piazza Duomo
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