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Ravenna isn't the most inspiring city in the region, but its small old city center is pleasantly car-free, we had a great place to stay, a wonderful meal and the mosaic art was the cultural highlight of our recent trip to Italy.

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The Arian Baptistry is a Christian baptismal building that was erected by the Ostrogothic King Theodoric the Great between the end of the 5th century and the beginning of the 6th century A.D.

Theodoric was an Arian Christian and decided to let the Goths (Arians) and the orthodox Chalcedonian Christians live together but separately, with separate neighborhoods and religious buildings.

The Baptistry is octagonal in shape with some little apses and arched openings near the top. Along the external perimeter there was once a walkway that stopped at the eastern apse. Clearly, the building was once part of a larger complex. Inside are four niches and a dome with mosaics, depicting the baptism of Jesus by Saint John the Baptist.

It is one of eight structures in Ravenna listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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This picture doesn't focus on the probably more familiar religious figures, but on a small detail on one of the arches. The religious images here are all amazing, but what struck me most were all those little, abstract decorative elements around them.

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