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Basilica San Vitale

Via Fiandrini, Ravenna, Italy
0544-219938
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Ranked #1 of 50 Attractions in Ravenna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Beautiful mosaics, fascinating architecture and a delight. Don't forget to look at the interior columns with butterfly marble. Awesome!

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

In my opinion, the most beautiful church in Ravenna. If you go by car, you can park just behind the church, for 3 euros you can spend the whole day over there. If you go on Sunday, the archaeological museum is free, so you can have extra fun for the same price. The mosaics are incredible, the scenes of the... More

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Tocane Saint-Apre, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

You buy a combined entry ticket for all these at a reduced price in the bookshop on the left just before you arrive. You will be able to see the next - the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia - immediately afterwards, and then the National Museum, for which you get a different set of combined tickets.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

This review would just repeat many of the others. If you go to Ravenna, you will go to Basilica San Vitale. Buy your ticket (pass) just before the church gates and once inside marvel at the history and art. Ensure you look up (ceiling art), down (tiles in floor) and all around at the religious art. It is a large... More

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Cirencester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Ravenna has the best collection of VIth century buildings and mosaics in the wold. Haghia Sophia is more individually impressive, but Ravenna is better because it has so many great sites.

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Beautiful and well preserved for over 1500 years. Fascinating historical times in the church. Best to go during lunch when hundreds of tour group people are at lunch. The best sight in Ravenna.

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The Basilica is gorgeous from an architectural and artistic point of view. The site, steeped in such ancient history, leaves one slightly humbled. How they created these works at a time where concrete and cranes were unknown, boggles the mind.

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Fredericton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This octogonal basilica reminded me of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. The mosaics in the basilica are simply masterpieces. I admired them in awe. It is not to be missed if you love mosaics. Actually, Ravenna is the place to go if you enjoy mosaics.

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Maquoketa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

It is just amazing to see the life of Jesus shown in mosaics and know that it was done so many years ago. The marble has a look of being a tapestry with it's designs. I felt such reverence from everyone as I viewed the church.

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Adelaide
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This place of prayer is an absolute visual delight and a precious part or our World Heritage. We were moved by the detailed work and the beauty. A cultural and spiritual experience. Definitely a Ravenna site that must be visited.

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