Inside the small octagonal building shines, in contrast to the brick walls, the precious mosaic decoration of the dome, an important mark of the cult of the Goths in Ravenna.

The Arian Baptistery was built during the reign of Theodoric (493-526), together with the nearby church of the Holy Spirit, once Arian Cathedral.
The sober octagonal building, has four small apses outside. Inside, the only remains of the original decoration is the mosaic of the cupola.

The iconographical structure imitates its model, the Baptistery of Neon, decorated some decades earlier. Somehow, it stands as an autonomous and innovative work for the city, for example by introducing a gold background in the mosaic. The central medallion shows the baptism of Christ, portrayed as young, naked figure of great physicality.
The white procession of apostles of the outer band pays tribute to the great jeweled throne, surmounted by the Cross, from the arms of which hangs a purple cloth, perhaps an expression of the human nature of Christ.
One of the eight Early Christian monuments of Ravenna in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

Piazzetta degli Ariani - Ravenna
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