Basilica di San Giovanni Evangelista, Ravenna

#7 of 24 in Historic Sites in Ravenna
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Built in the fifth century, Basilica di San Giovanni Evangelista bears evidence of its lengthy history. Over the centuries, the structure underwent numerous changes and updates, including a bell tower added in the 10th century, and a Gothic renovation in the 14th century, of which the intricate gate remains. The 18th century saw it stripped of most of its mosaics, though today you can view two remaining fragments from the fifth century--the first recorded Christian use of the hooked cross--as well as some 13th-century mosaics. The art was severely damaged by 1944 air raids, but remaining pieces are still on display inside the church, including fragments of floor mosaics and frescoes. The attraction is easily reachable within the city, but keep in mind that services still occur daily. Discover how to plan a Ravenna trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • This is one of the ancient churches in the world! Really beautiful. The inside is plain but the outside and the garden are very nice. I believe it is worth to visit it!  more »
  • Not as spectacular as others, still worth a visit. Even though partly reconstructed after WWII, still an impressive building  more »
  • One of the oldest church in Ravenna, unfortunately destroyed during the WWII and then reconstructed. Very quiet place.
  • Surprised how nice it was for being off the usual guides. But that is the beauty of Italy. Mostly renovated after wwii but portal and mosaics are significant.

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