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Basilica San Vitale

Via Fiandrini, Ravenna, Italy
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Ranked #2 of 44 attractions in Ravenna
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Lugano, Switzerland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

You'll love the guard who whispers "Silencio; silencio; silencio." It's a great reminder that this place, which seems like a museum now because of the numbers of tourists, is a sacred religious space. The mosaics are stunning. Look down at the floor, too!

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Canmore, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Amazing mosaics....i was disappointed that it was so touristy and the reverence for such a prayerful place was dissipated. Avoid the large numbers of students by going later in the day or at lunch.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

It's like I was in a movie. The frescos and mosaics are absolutely beautiful! They only have English speaking personnel on specific days, and unfortunately, I went on a day where there were none. If I would have known that, I would have scheduled my visit differently. Still beautiful place.

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Amazing for 1 small town to have so many UNESCO sites. Stunning mosaics. Such wonderful colours and illustrations. Don't forget to go out the back door to visit the Galla Placidia.

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Olympia, Washington
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51 reviews 51 reviews
27 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

When our cruise ship offered an excursion I thought, "What is there to see in Ravenna?". Basilicas? I've seen a lot of them. Imagine my surprise to discover the artworks and Byzantine mosaics were like I'd never seen before.

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Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We passed through Ravenna on our group tour, and stopped to see the mosaics at San Vitale Basilica. They are fantastic works of art and were certainly worth our time to stop and see them, after, exploring the town and having a lovely lunch on the piazza.

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Ashdod, Israel
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

impressive location, right in the city center. easily can stay and hang there for a couple of hours. If you are into churches and historic location, you will like this place

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Casa Grande, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Fortunately, I kept an audio diary of my visit to Basilica San Vitale, and concluded that there are no words adequate to describe the intense beauty and brilliance of this building! For me, a 5-star rating is not nearly enough! The basilica was built in the fifth century and is fully grand with its height and octagonal shape and lovely... More

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Perth, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Really amazing place. Not much English explanation so you will get more out if it by having a guide book or looking at the wiki. We had trouble finding the ticket office which is over the road from the entrance gate. As other reviewers say the mosaics are just stunning.

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Brighton, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

This basilica is a must see if you are in Ravenna. The mosaic artwork is absolutely divine. It is so different to anything I have seen and is totally awe inspiring. I loved the marble glass - even more striking in the mausoleum.

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