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The Neonian Baptistry in Ravenna, a testament to early Christian Byzantine art in Western Europe, boasts breathtaking mosaics from the late 4th to early 5th century. In the dome's mosaic, twelve apostles encircle a central depiction of Christ's Baptism, each elegantly robed and holding a crown, symbolizing their foundational role in Christianity. This shimmering artwork, with its use of gold tesserae, serves not only as an artistic marvel but also as a spiritual guide, reminding those preparing for baptism of their faith's profound truths. Situated in Ravenna, a nexus of Roman and Byzantine cultures, the baptistry epitomizes the harmonious blend of Roman artistry and Byzantine spirituality.

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