Istituzione Biblioteca Classense

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Istituzione Biblioteca Classense

Istituzione Biblioteca Classense
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Jim H
Stockport, UK86 contributions
Hundred year old film and very good staff
Jun 2017
This is a beautiful building and worth a visit just for that. In any town but Ravenna it would be a good attraction. Best to visit the "Manica lunga" and see a special exhibition rather than do the whole library unless you are a book fiend.
We went to see a collection of old editions of "Inferno" as well a lot of pictures of Dantes hell from all over the world. Highlight was a hundred year old film of the Inferno - amazing effects
Written 4 July 2017
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GibBob
Blandford Forum, UK424 contributions
A Hidden Gem...
Jun 2017 • Friends
Ravenna is a city full of wonderful sights and it would be easy to overlook this hidden gem. There is little to lead you here and on arrival you find an ordinary public library located in an old convent. Ask at the front desk and you will be directed to the administration counter, Here you will be asked to leave your bags (securely) and also to deposit a form of identification (to be collected on departure), then to the 2nd floor. The gallery is interesting and was used as a cholera hospital but nothing prepares you for the beauty of the Baroque library - wow! Photography is allowed but resist from touching the anything - there is an alert custodian present. This attraction is free of charge.
The easiest approach by car is from the south, turn into the Via Renato Sera where you will find parking, then go on foot. It is also the best way to get to the historical centre of Ravenna (apart from Park & Ride).
Written 25 June 2017
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Lgccpc
Plymouth, UK37 contributions
Great place to visit! Feels like another age!
Sep 2016 • Friends
An amazing space-I would struggle to learn here as I would be too busy admiring all the paintings and frescos. Really marvellous.
Written 30 April 2017
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Brun066
Florence, Italy10,390 contributions
If it was in a less illustrious city than Ravenna, it could easily be the most important historical attraction
Nov 2016 • Business
The judgment on this attraction is complex, because it must cover a historical library, but also a monument in itself.
Let's start with the monument, saying that if it was located in a less illustrious city than Ravenna,it could easily be its most important historical attraction. But in Ravenna, so full of works of art, and especially of the unique works dating back to the early centuries of the Byzantine Empire (just one remark: the sixth century AD mosaic portraits of the Emperor Justinian and of his wife Theodora can be seen in Ravenna, not in their actual capital, Constantinople), it can even go unnoticed.
In fact the monument is the ancient abbey of the Camaldolese monks, who have built their new headquarters in the city of Ravenna after they have moved away from their old ones in the "Classe" hamlet, because the war danger, at the beginning of the sixteenth century (hence the current name of the library).
As abbey, the monument allows us to appreciate the various, beautiful spaces: from the most noble, like the cloisters, the refectory and the old library itself, to more modest ones (but still impressive), as the old cellar spaces.
It should be considering its current function as a library, which occupies only a part of the old building. Besides having (once more) a historical relevance, for its plenty of ancient volumes (among which, the only manuscript that contains all of eleven surviving comedies by Aristophanes, or a copy of the first book printed in Italy, in 1465), the library has an important public function for the city and overall for the scholars' community.
This library's character, as service to the public, has probably helped induce many distinguished scholars, both born in Ravenna or not, to leave (by bequest) to the library their volumes, to a greater extent than what usually happens.
So this is a place that also testifies to the strong civicness featuring the city of Ravenna.
Written 20 November 2016
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