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Basilica San Vitale

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Address: Via San Vitale, 48121 Ravenna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0544 541688
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Description: History As a symbol of the Archiepiscopal Chancellery of Ravenna, San...
History As a symbol of the Archiepiscopal Chancellery of Ravenna, San Vitale is one of the greatest works of late Roman art. Famous for its mosaics commissioned by Archbishop Maximian (546/556 AD), the basilica is a place of contemplation. While the body descends its steps the spirit rises to the Truth. A masterpiece to be admired for its evident beauty and its hidden, precise, evocative theological argument.
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You will probably go to Ravenna to see this, so you need only know that the trip is worth it. This is truly one of the great sights of Italy, and there are very few Byzantine... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

You will probably go to Ravenna to see this, so you need only know that the trip is worth it. This is truly one of the great sights of Italy, and there are very few Byzantine mosaics to match it. So go and marvel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This early Christian basilica is the most important monument of Byzantine art in Western Europe. It is really gorgeous. Wishing to explore its details must allocate at least one and a half hour, so full of basil Byzantine mosaics and decorated with marble inlay.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I have seen a lot of churches over the last week; however, the interiors here and St. Mark's Venice were just incredible interiors. There is no doubt while Ravenna has many mosaic sites, this is the best. The colors are amazing as well as the scenes including the one with Emperor Justinian I remember in my Latin books years ago.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Stunningly beautiful mosaics and wall paintings - an amazing building, and well worth a visit. Tickets were quite expensive, but included access to various other monuments.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

It is impossible to describe the sublime beauty of this basilica. Nothing I've ever seen compares. Entering this space will take your breath away. We were there on a quiet morning with few other visitors present; compared to other overcrowded attractions, this jewel shines!

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Brownsville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

No other mosaics can come close. This is a 5-6th century masterpiece. The colors are magnificent after 15 centuries. The Wedding is Theodora and Justinian is here.

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Malta, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Impressive building with amazing mosaics. I love the fact that you are able to take photographs and stay there as long as you like.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Really nice. The mosaics are all at one end so tends to be very crowded around there, but not to be missed. Don't miss the maze pattern on the floor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

One entry pass allows you to vist six cites. The Basilica San Vitale, the largest, cotains the two well known pannels picturing the Emperor Justinian I and his wife the Emperess Theodora. This is a house of worship so respectful behavior is a must. You may linger for as long as you wish. There are benches where you can sit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This building is remarkable and not to be missed. The colors of the mosaics are vibrant. I literally do not have the words to describe how beautiful this building is.

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Additional Information about Basilica San Vitale

Address: Address: Via San Vitale, 48121 Ravenna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0544 541688
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Emilia-Romagna  >  Province of Ravenna  >  Ravenna
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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