Ravenna, Italy: Basilica Spirito Santo

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Sheppard, Beth M.
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5/21/2017
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Italy , Ravenna , Battistero Degli Ariani , Arian Baptistery , Arian Baptistry , Church of the Holy Spirit , Basilica Spirito Santo
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Circling the Battistero degli Ariani (Arian Baptistery; Arian Baptistry), one sees the Basilica Spirito Santo (Church of the Holy Spirit), partially hidden behind a portico. The Church of the Holy Spirit was constructed in the first years of Theodoric's reign and was intended to be an Arian cathedral. According to a 15th-century popular belief, this is the place where bishops were miraculously chosen by the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove, which came down upon the head of the man chosen as successor to Bishop Apollinaris. The miracle occurred eleven times, as reflected in the name of the church.
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