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Basilica San Vitale

Address: Via San Vitale, 48121 Ravenna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0544 541688
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Ranked #1 of 45 Attractions in Ravenna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: History As a symbol of the Archiepiscopal Chancellery of Ravenna, San Vitale is one of the greatest...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

An exquisite basilica, the mosaics are breathtaking and the marble columns with incredible natural patterns are sublime. A must see!

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Verona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

San Vitale architecture is curious, with its unusual octagonal shape that at a first glance is a little bit deceiving and makes it difficult to find a "direction" in the church ... But then the astonishing mosaics come into play, and you will be captured by their vivid colours, strong symbology, historic meaning. Their "quasi-naive" style makes them unique. Absolutely... More 

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Armidale, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

San Vitale is almost beyond description, it is so beautiful in its simplicity and the mosaics are awe inspiring. Cliched terms I know but words really cannot fully justify the beauty that is San Vitale. Possibly the best thing I did in Italy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

This basilica is possibly one of the most beautifully mosaic decorated churches. Plan to spend quite a long time enjoying the walls ceiling and floors. Stunning. Ravenna is the site of several UNESCO sites, several of them being associated with beautiful mosaic art. There is a multi-site ticket available for €9.50.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The churches with mosaics are the main event in Ravenna. The ticket includes admission to several churches, so be sure to visit a few. If you can only visit one, the Basilica San Viatale is the best choice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We visited Ravenna in early October 2013. The display of mosaics in the churches are amazing and this church was no exception. Suggest you purchase a ticket which allows entry to the 5 most important churches and displays.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This was my second visit to San Vitale. The mosaics are very special, and would be even if they were not so old. This is why you visit Ravenna. It is a relatively easy walk from the train station and can be done on a quick trip to Ravenna. Spend time looking at the mosaics from different angles and enjoy... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

it is hard to believe the mosaics date back to the 6th century, so bright and well preserved, certainly worth looking

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

From the outside it doesn't look as spectacular as the mosaics will be on the inside; definitely worth the visit!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Byzantine mosaics preserved like they were installed just yesterday. Have in mind that the Church functions till now!

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