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Archiepiscopal Museum

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Address: Piazza Arcivescovado, 48121, Ravenna, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 0544 541688
10:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Archiepiscopal Museum and the Chapel of St. Andrew The Archbishop's Chapel...

Archiepiscopal Museum and the Chapel of St. Andrew The Archbishop's Chapel of St. Andrew is guarded as a gemstone inside the Bishop's Palace. It was the private chapel of the bishops of Ravenna and it was built and decorated with mosaics from 494 till 519. Set up inside the rooms of the Bishop's Palace, the collection of the Archiepiscopal Museum contains epigraphs, the Cathedral treasure, remains of mosaics from the ancient Basilica of Ursus and above all the ivory throne of the bishop Maximian (6th century).

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Fascinating and well set out museum with excellent background information which fills in several gaps for thosr visiting the town's world famous mosaics

Reviewed 17 April 2017
Melbourne, Australia
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is covered by the combined ticket. It's rather small but they have a few interesting items on display, namely pretty good mosaic pieces. Photography is not allowed.

Thank Ron S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Some interesting items, but NO pictures are allowed, not even without flash. The only museum visited so far in Italy with that policy. The Cappelle is the closest look you're going to get to in situ church mosaics, and is very beautiful (but you can't take a picture). The informational signage contains a lot of church doctrine/legends, with additional comments... More 

Thank Donna D S
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Fascinating and well set out museum with excellent background information which fills in several gaps for thosr visiting the town's world famous mosaics

Thank Guido05111605
Taunton, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

This is one of the 5 attractions on the group entrance ticket that is often overlooked. It is well laid out with some really old sculptures and so forth. Being next to the Battistero Neoniano it is convenient as well as being able to sell the group ticket. Not a large museum.

Thank PhilTheTraveller
Somerville, Massachusetts, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We almost didn't go and that would have been a real shame. A lovely little chapel with rich mosaics, the first Bishop's throne with exquisite carved ivory, and a few other treasures made this small museum absolutely worth the hour or so it took.

Thank Shariann L
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

A mixed collection of items with English captions, from the funeral plaques to the religious memorabilia. The most stunning aspects of course are the chapel with the mosaics (technically pics not allowed but snuck a few when there were a gap in other tourists) and the magnificent ivory chair from Byzantine times (couldn't sneak a pic of that with too... More 

Thank genibre69
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

Small museum. 2 tiny mosaiced areas but particularly notice the little corridor ceiling with all its differently coloured birds and the ivory carved small throne.

Thank juliasandelson
Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

It doesn't take too long to visit and the entrance is part of a collective ticket. There are few pieces that are really stunning!!!!!

Thank ricciaitalia
Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 6 January 2017

Small but well provided. You can see some mosaic works from close distance. Also, there are many rich explanations, in English as well. Not sure about the narrative thread - this one could be improved upon, I reckon. Entrance is included in the collective price for the 5 sites- asilica di San Vitale, Basilica di S. Apollinare Nuovo, Neonian Baptistery,... More 

Thank Maria D
Belo Horizonte, MG
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Reviewed 25 December 2016

Nice, small museum, well organized and also with plentiful, well-written information, in English, on its exhibits. One could spend days reading through it all. Furthermore, the Chapel of San Andrea is awe-inspiring and quite enlightening, presenting Byzantine, Christian themes and imagery quite different from those of Roman Catholicism. Admittance is included in the combo ticket, which is valid for seven... More 

Thank Andy B

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