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Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe

Via Romea Sud, 224 Classe (RA), 48124 Ravenna, Italy
0544-473-643
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Ranked #4 of 49 Attractions in Ravenna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This is just another in Ravenna's lovely spots. The beauty of the mosaics plus the age of them make it a wondrous place to visit.

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BOLOGNA ITALY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The church lays on a huge green park where you'll see five real size buffaloes made of bronze, a real impressive modern art installation. This was the ancient place of a huge pinewood forest, on the border of the sea. Now the sea is really far from here, but at the time of Emperor Augustus this was the very place... More

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

The church is a bit far off Ravenna, actually, it's in another city called Classe, the ancient Classis, a Roman town with a small port. The building itself is great and what can I say about the mosaics? the best image of the Three Wise Men I have seen. Outside you can have fun with the sculptures of bulls in... More

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Cirencester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This is a genuinely beautiful piece of sixth century art preserved fir us. Like all great art it is truly affecting.

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This review should have been for Sant'Appolinare in Classe. Sorry for the mix up.That's the problem with two Sant'Apollinares.

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Villanova, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The church in Classe is available by a twenty minute ride on a city bus. Once again, the mosaics are spectacular. I got great pictures and a souvenir book to remember my visit there. The books were very inexpensive.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is the most beautiful church I have ever been in, utterly stunning. The church is a short bus ride out of Ravenna (but I think that just reduces the number of visitors, which was good!). Others mention hordes of school kids, but we visited on a saturday afternoon, and we were lucky enough to have the place to ourselves... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Another great place in Ravenna where could experience the brilliant mosaic work and best of byzantine art culture. The whole mosaic work and the interiors of the place make it definitely a worthy visit and I also like the garden with those statues. In whole the place is beautiful and in my experience does not have too many crowds so... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Last stop of our Byzantine tour in Ravenna. Visiting the Basilica at the end of the day was an excellent choice since we found few other tourists and we were so lucky they had a guide. Great mosaic with a lot of early christianity symbols. The most fascinating thing is that those symbols have still a lot in common with... More

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Ostuni
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This exceptional example of early christian art is about 5 kilometres outside Ravenna, but is essential viewing. We went by the frequent bus service from outside the train station.Of all the churches we visited this is perhaps the most impressive.

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