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The Arian Baptistry
Late 5th Century AD

Theodoric the Great was an Arian Christian.  He had this baptistry, as well as the Basilica di San Apollinare Nuovo built so that the Arian Christians of Ravenna could have  a place of worship separate from the Orthodox Christians.  

Arianism is the belief that Jesus was the Son of God, was created by God the Father, and was distinct from God the Father.  For periods of history, this belief was considered heretical.

The Apostles, Paul and Peter, on either side of a jeweled throne with jeweled cross.

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