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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 #3 of 45 attractions in Ravenna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Villanova, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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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Miami Beach, Florida
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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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Canmore, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Loved the Mosaics....the blues and gold I can never get enough of ....but the line ups of school children that push and create a rushed experience of this timeless art is bothersome. I think Ravenna has to rethink this...The Basilica was disrespected for such a sacred place of art and prayer. Having soooo many school children make their way through... More

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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

More gorgeous mosaics. Somewhat outside of Ravenna, but worth a visit if you can get there. Amazing sarcophagi.

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San Francisco Bay Area
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Of all of the byzantine era mosaics, I liked the apse of this church the best. It is concave and gives the viewer a sense of flying or perhaps falling. I've never seen anything like it even with IMAX and all our modern technology. And this one is almost 1500 years old. It's one train stop from Ravenna toward Rimmini... More

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McAllen, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Basically all Monuments in Ravenna worth the visit, but this one is not to be missed. Being more tan 1000 years old looks like just built despite the time passed and the enemy armies and vandals destructive activities. Take your time to visit

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Melbourne.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

The mosaic's over the alter are well worth the trip - stating the obvious I guess for this World Heritage Centre.

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