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DOMUS DEI TAPPETI DI PIETRA

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Archeological site

Entry from the Church of Sant'Eufemia - via Barbiani

Ravenna (RA)

The Domus dei tappeti di pietra (House of Stone Carpets) is one of the most important archaeological sites discovered in Italy in recent years.

In 1993, during excavations for the construction of a civil building in the old city centre of Ravenna a series of buildings dating from the 5th and 6th centuries AD came to light.

In an enormous underground area with a surface of more than 1200 square metres located about 3 metres below street level, the Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra consists of 14 rooms and 3 courtyards. It may have belonged to a functionary of the court of Ravenna as all the floors of the rooms are decorated with polychrome mosaics and Byzantine marble.

Of particular interest and beauty are the mosaics decorated with geometric shapes, floral patterns, and figurative scenes considered to be quite unique in this genre. For example the "Dance of the Four Seasons", is an extremely rare representation which depicts spirits dancing in a circle, and the "Good Shepard", who is shown in a very different way than the standard Christian representation.

The Domus was inaugurated by the then President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi in October 2002 and was awarded the Bell’Italia prize in 2004.

The archaeological site can be entered from the small eighteenth century church of Santa Eufemia in Via Barbiani.

Date: the event will be held from Mar 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017

Event timetable: everyday 10am - 6.30pm

Entrance: entry fee

Full fee: 4€; 7€ combined ticket (Rasponi Crypt + Domus of the Stone Carpets + Tamo Museum)

Reduced fee: 3€ (students, Coop members, Touring Club, Disabled persons' helper), also for groups (of at least 15 people); 5€ combined ticket (Rasponi Crypt + Domus of the Stone Carpets + Tamo Museum) valid for discounts, groups and school groups

Free entry: children (under 6 years old); journalists; disabled people; RavennAntica Friends, Ravenna tour guides; group leaders

Information and Booking Centre

Fondazione RavennAntica
via Gordini 27 - Phone: +39 0544 36136 - Fax: +39 0544 242634
Weekday timetable:

from Monday to Thursday 8:30 - 13:00; 14:30 - 18:00; Friday 8:30 - 13:00

Weekend timetable:

closed

info@ravennantica.it

By Ravenna editorial staff (Mar 16, 2017)

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