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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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Mosaics were beautiful. This church is a classic. Saw on a rainy day with a personal guide. Was definitely the way to go on a short two day trip to Ravenna. Can't believe it only... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Mosaics were beautiful. This church is a classic. Saw on a rainy day with a personal guide. Was definitely the way to go on a short two day trip to Ravenna. Can't believe it only took them twenty years to build it. Restoration and care are apparent. Our guide used a laser pointer to show us detailed depictions and explained... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Mosaics beautiful , colours bright and wonderful display make sure to include mausoleum with your ticket

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wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

ok - so I'm a bit dizzy with contemporary conceptual art but.... san vitale was an absolute knock out even after I'd spent two days taking in Ravenna's mosaics, frescoes et al....... and this one also has wonderful marble and great carving- and, somehow, a sense of peace - but ohhhh those mosaics....

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Clinton, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I visited this facility with a group of mosaic making students. We looked at the ceilings and floors and were amazed at what could be done with mosaics to walk on and to look at. Grand images that were humbling and spiritually meaningful. Highly recommend this facility.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This is one in the collection of sites in Ravenna with spectacular Byzantine mosaics. They are one of a kind, unparalled works of art and history and should be seen for their importance and beauty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

A must see if you are in Ravenna.The mosaics are world class and the building itself is very interesting.

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The mosaics in the Basilica San Vitale are world famous and to see them up close is something to behold! The intricacy, vibrant color and incredible condition considering their age make it a must see when visiting Ravenna. We had the good fortune to be there when the Camera Orchestra of Ravenna was offering an evening concert. In addition, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This Basilica is famous for mosaic. I've never seen the beautiful mosaic like this before. This Basilica is so wide and silent that you can enjoy this fine art at leisure. The ticket office is out of the Basilica. It's located about 10 meters from the Basilica. The ticket is available at other spots. The stuff will give you the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

One of the biggies..large scale yet very simple and accessible mosaics, best to go with guide though, can get crowded

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The most beautiful church I've ever seen. The mosaics are breathtaking. Everything within the old section of Ravenna is an easy walk.

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