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Museo Arcivescovile, Ravenna: 6 reviews and 13 photos

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Housed in the archbishopric building behind the Duomo of Ravenna, il Museo Arcivescovile contains a rich collection of Byzantine and mediaeval artwork, mostly from the Duomo's predecessor, the 4th century Basilica Ursiana. The crown jewel of the museum, though, is the early 6th century archiepiscopal chapel, Oratorio Sant'Andrea. It was built during the reign of Theodoric the Great, but as an orthodox (i.e., Catholic) chapel for the Archbishop. The entire ceilings and upper walls of the chapel are covered in stunning mosaics depicting Apostles, angels and scenes of Christ, some asserting the orthodoxy over Arianism. Although small, the chapel is nonetheless dazzling and has earned a place on the UNESCO's World Heritage List. Photography inside the museum is strictly forbidden, particularly inside the chapel, so I have no pictures to show except the attached of the museum's entrance.

Address: Piazza Arcivescovado

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  • Updated Aug 21, 2010
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