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“The churches, Batisteries and Mausoleum dwindle the museum”

Archiepiscopal Museum
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Ravenna 3-Hour Private Guided Tour
Ranked #10 of 84 things to do in Ravenna
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“The churches, Batisteries and Mausoleum dwindle the museum”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

The museum would be nice elsewhere. In Ravena, after you visit the real monuments, it is difficult to present a museum that will impress you.

Visited May 2014
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“Good museum and beautiful chapel”
Reviewed 27 January 2014

I probably would not have gone to the Archepiscopal Museum if it hadn't been included in the combined ticket for the top sights in Ravenna, but I am very glad that I went. The first few rooms mostly display funerary art, which was nice but not awe-inspiring. However, the small oratory of St Andrew was a real gem with gorgeous mosaics depicting apostles, evangelists, martyrs and saints on a scale and level where they can easily be seen and appreciated. The facial details and distinctive expressions were especially interesting. The museum also has some other beautiful and unusual pieces such as a 6th century episcopal throne made of ornately carved ivory and an unusual 4th or 5th century Easter Calendar used to determine when the Spring Equinox and, therefore, Easter, would fall. Don't miss this little museum!

Visited October 2013
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“Very interesting and worth the visit”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

This is different than the other places in Ravenna. There are some very interesting pieces that are worth seeing.

Visited October 2013
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“Worth the visit”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Lots of interesting things to see, and the chapel of St Andrew is a real find. Another place in Ravenna that appears under rated and under visited.

Visited September 2013
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“Exquisite ivory throne”
Reviewed 2 October 2013

An exquisite ivory throne, and many treasures from the city's Classical past are on display here. There are also some lovely mosaics. Worth taking time for a visit.

Visited September 2013
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