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Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna is a World Heritage Site in Italy recognising the outstanding universal values of early Christian properties in the city.

Ravenna, a city on the Adriatic coast of Italy, was the capital of the Western Roman Empire from AD 402 to 476. It was also the capital of the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths and the Exarchate of Ravenna until AD 751. Today it is the largest comune in Italy after Rome.


Galla Placidia Mausoleum, Ravenna
Galla Placidia Mausoleum, Ravenna
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Within Ravenna are Christian monuments from the early part of the city's history, between the 5th to the 6th centuries. Among the structures include the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Neonian Baptistery, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, the Arian Baptistery, the Archiepiscopal Chapel, the Mausoleum of Theodoric, the Church of San Vitale and the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe. These properties exhibit how the Graeco-Roman tradition fuses with Christian iconography, along with Oriental and Western styles.

Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 20th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Mérida, Mexico, on 2 - 7 December, 1996.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 44 25 13.5 E 12 11 46.5 in Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy
Inscription Year: 1996
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, III, IV


Nave of the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna
Nave of the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna
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