Neonian Baptistery

Local nameBattistero Neoniano
LocationRavenna, Italy

The Baptistery of Neon is a Roman religious building in Ravenna, northeastern Italy. The most ancient monument remaining in the city, it was partly erected on the site of a Roman bath. It is also called the Orthodox Baptistery to distinguish it from the Arian Baptistery constructed on behest of Ostrogothic King Theodoric some 50 years later.

The octagonal brick structure was erected during the late Western Roman Empire by Bishop Ursus at the end of the 4th or beginning of the 5th century, as part of his great Basilica. The baptistery was finished by Bishop Neon at the end of the 5th century, at which time the mosaic decorations were added. The original floor is now some 3 meters underground, so the proper structure and extent of the building can no longer be seen. The octagonal design of the building, employed in virtually all Early Christian baptisteries, symbolizes the seven days of the week plus the Day of the Resurrection and Eternal Life.

Tags BaptisteryMosaicUNESCOChurchHistoricalWheelchair AccessibleHeritageAccessible
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Opening hours

Nov - Feb: 10 am - 5 pm
Mar: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Apr - Sep: 9 am -7 pm
Oct: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm


Full: €9.50
Reduced: €8.50
Children under 10: free

More information and contact


Official website


Phone +39 544 541 688

Address Via Gioacchino Rasponi, 48121 Ravenna, Italy

Coordinates 44°24'56.13" N 12°11'50.497" E

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