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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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As a symbol of the Archiepiscopal Chancellery of Ravenna, San Vitale...

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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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Highlight of Ravenna

I visited five or six of Ravenna's churches and this was definitely the highlight. The mosaics covering the walls and dome of the chancel are jaw-droppingly beautiful, and justify... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited five or six of Ravenna's churches and this was definitely the highlight. The mosaics covering the walls and dome of the chancel are jaw-droppingly beautiful, and justify a visit to Ravenna on their own. A small mausoleum (supposedly of Galla Placidia) is equally beautiful and close by. I would recommend picking up the guidebook 'Ravenna City of Art'... More 

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Otricoli, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is the third or forth time I was in Ravenna visiting all the beautiful historic buildings and art. San Vitale is special. It is a church - but for me it is NOT a church in the normal sense. It is a womb, a space to be which keeps you safe, it is speaking to you, the room itself... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Every time I walk into the past by seeing what people created then, I am speechless. This place is just beautiful! Another thing I love about visiting Ravenna is that is not crowded as Venice or Florence. You must go to Ravenna!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely amazing. I cannot recommend this enough. It was the top sight in Ravenna though the others were beautiful too.

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Thamesford, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A true Ravenna treasure. Fine crafted and preserved mosaics... recommend a tour guide to get the full feeling of this building. Your neck will get sore from looking at the beautiful ceilings! Not too busy either.

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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

The Basilica di San Vitale is a World Heritage Site, meaning it has been chosen as a key monument in the ongoing history of humankind. It is filled with mosaic religious depictions including Christ, saints, prophets, angels and various biblical scenes. Prominently featured are an emperor, empress and their royal entourage. If you look on the floor you will find... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Among all the fabulous things to visit in Ravenna, the basilica San Vitale is the topper. That does not mean that once you have seen it you can ignore the others.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Amazing mosaics that should not be missed. Photography is easy, but bring a fast ultra-wide angle lens (eg. 11-16mm) for the best results

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

Mom and I went to explore and were breath-taken by the extensive mosaic design throughout San Vitali. Mom sat and observed while I wandered and took pictures....sooooooo amazing! If you only have time to see one sight in Ravenna,co e to San Vitale...you get an amazing bonus with the Mausoleum dei Galla Placidia. While her story is a great one,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This is a very old church, 6th century, in very good shape for its age. The main attraction is the early Byzantine mosaics which are some of the finest ancient mosaics anywhere. The combination of the church itself and the mosaics make this a truly special place. For 9.50 Euros, you get a ticket that allows admission to pretty much... More 

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