Archiepiscopal Museum

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Archiepiscopal Museum

Archiepiscopal Museum
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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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Renan
Rome, Italy137 contributions
Ok. Nothing special
Jul 2021 • Couples
Interesting, but nothing so special. The interesting part is some pieces from the century 4 or 5. Those are really hard to fins
Written 18 July 2021
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trooper92
St. Gallen550 contributions
Our no. 5 in Ravenna
Oct 2020 • Couples
There is a reason that the palace/museum is on the 5-site visitor’s ticket. The small chapel has nice mosaics (though not as impressive as in the other 4 sites) - but our highlights were the ivory bishops throne and the +/- 1000 year old ceremonial artifacts exhibited in the museum. Not a big museum and a small chapel -> can be experienced in 30-60 minutes depending on your historic curiosity.
Written 24 October 2020
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g w
52 contributions
Unique collection and mosaics
Feb 2020
Don't miss the Paschal calendar, the magnificent Ivory Cathedra and, of course, the Chapel of Sant'Andrea
Written 6 March 2020
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,470 contributions
Beautiful Museum with magnificant chapel of Sant'Andrea
Nov 2019
The significant and rich Archiepiscopal Museum here in Ravenna shows us the historical sequence of events and life in the city itself. It is located immediately next to the Baptistry of Neon and behind the Duomo of Ravenna, on the first and second floor of the Archiepiscopal Palace. The museum is very interesting with its artifacts and we are especially impressed with the chapel of Sant'Andrea, an early Christian oratory with Greek cross plan built between 494 and 519 AD in the time of Theodoric and decorated with wonderful mosaics. Archiepiscopal Chapel is the only existing archiepiscopal chapel of the early Christian era that has been preserved intact to the present day. It was erected by Bishop Peter II as a private oratory for Catholic bishops when Arianism was the main religion of the court. Originally dedicated to Christ, the chapel was then renamed and dedicated to Saint Andrew, whose relics were transported from Constantinople to Ravenna around the mid-6th century AD. Beautifully decorated chapel with extremely beautiful mosaics. Also of interest to us was the ivory throne of Maximian, one of the most famous carved ivory works of all times executed in the 6th century by Byzantine artists. Very interesting museum with valuable details.
Written 19 January 2020
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greenmind0428
College Park, MD403 contributions
For Fans of Roman Era Artifacts
Nov 2019
While it's included in the UNESCO combo ticket, this is the one stop of the five not devoted to mosaics. The museum is devoted to a collection of the remains of churches that did not make it through like the more famous ones in Ravenna, and that are even older. I found myself reminded of the Capitoline Museum in Rome with the fragments of the Roman settlement in the area.

They say there is no photography of the mosaics in a small chapel that is part of the museum but I snapped a shot or two and nobody said anything.

This is a massive collection and I only wish I had not done it last. It might have been better to go out of the "recommended" order of the UNESCO combo ticket and see this one with more energy.
Written 7 December 2019
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand3,303 contributions
Mosaics and more
Sep 2019
This is a smallish museum just behind the Duomo and the Neonian Baptistry and is well worth visiting, particularly as it is part of the Ravenna multiticket. The St Andrews Chapel is a particular highlight but there are a number of interesting artifacts including the ivory throne of Maximian from the 6th century. Definitely worth a stop.
Written 30 September 2019
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manic_curls
Abingdon, UK27 contributions
Interesting little museum.
Sep 2019
This is one of the 5 attractions covered by the same ticket in Ravenna. It is well worth a visit. There are many ancient carvings and inscriptions which are lovely, the Ivory throne which is so intricate, and of course St Andrews chapel which is glorious. The bird ceiling mosaics were my absolute favourite of all the mosaics we saw in Ravenna. The museum had information boards in English as well as Italian which was good, this city has so much history! Recommended.
Written 25 September 2019
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walksrocco
Edmonton, Canada157 contributions
This was amazing!
Sep 2019
I took lots of pictures without flash, and no one ever said anything. Lots of others were taking pictures, as well. This was the most amazing mosaic! The St. andrew's chapel might be the best! Hard to say.... many are so special. Do NOT miss this one! Loved it!
Written 21 September 2019
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Djordje M
Belgrade, Serbia811 contributions
Better say - visit museum because of St Andrew chappel
Sep 2019 • Couples
Of course there is also other things to see in museum, such as some stone writings, bishops clothes, but this is main reason people visit this place. Again, beatiful navy blue colour of mosaic makes me speechless. Just wonderful.
Written 18 September 2019
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545medva
Budapest, Hungary3,972 contributions
Not only a museum!
Aug 2019
Inside of the museum there is the St. Andrew chapel which is also one of the musts in Ravenna. The "rest" is also very interesting.
Written 6 September 2019
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