San Giovanni Evangelista, Ravenna

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Coordinates: 44°25′04″N 12°12′20″E / 44.417904°N 12.205526°E / 44.417904; 12.205526

The church of San Giovanni Evangelista.

San Giovanni Evangelista is a church in Ravenna, Italy.

It was built in the fifth century AD by the Roman imperial princess Galla Placidia.[1]

In the Middle Ages the Benedictines annexed to it an important monastery. In the 14th century both the church and the monastery were renovated in the Gothic style: of that intervention the portal is visible today. In 1747 the church was almost entirely stripped of its mosaics; the only remaining are two fragments of the original 5th-century floor, with the first recorded Christian use of hooked crosses. Other mosaic fragments found under the bombs belong to 13th-century floor and depict the Fourth Crusade. Two of the four bells dates 1208.

Heavily bombed during World War II,[1] the building was later restored.


  1. ^ a b Smith, Janet (1990), "The Side Chambers of San Giovanni Evangelista in Ravenna: Church Libraries of the Fifth Century", Gesta, 29 (1): 86–97, JSTOR 767103

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