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Basilica San Vitale

Via Fiandrini, Ravenna, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 44 attractions in Ravenna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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60 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Beautiful mosaics, beautiful church. Don't miss it if you are in Ravenna. Gallia Placidia is right next to it, so you can experience what are perhaps the two best sites in Ravenna together.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Ravenna is known for its mosaics and this is where you see them at their best. Basilica San Vitale is also an architectural gem, not to be missed.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The church should not be missed while visiting Ravenna. The whole church is filled with some of the best mosaic works I have ever seen. You would be probably walking the whole tour looking up and taking in the beautiful artworks on the ceiling. The floors too have some amazing works. Apart from its beautiful interiors, there is also a... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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7 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

One of the top destinations in beautiful historic Ravenna, the Basilica San Vitale is a UNESCO heritage site. The mosaic work on the walls and ceiling of this beautiful church is just breath-taking! To realize how much work it takes to make the mosaics and how much artistic talent that the workers had to have is just mind-boggling. Don't miss... More

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Blainville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We were in Basilica San Vitale at the end of May, '14 and were surprised by the amount of work that had to be done to create such beautiful art. The pictures that we could see, that were on the walls, ceilings, could almost be call icons and they were out of this world. It is an experience to visit... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I agree with other reviewers who say photographs cannot express the glory of these shimmering mosaics. It really is a must-see. We purchased the 5-site ticket and spent an entire Saturday wandering from one jaw-dropping scene to the next. Our guidebook points out an interesting tidbit: you can see nearly side-by-side depictions of Jesus clean-shaven (in the ancient manner) and... More

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Punta Marina Terme, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Inside this church there are really wonderful mosaics typical of Ravenna and a really beautiful internal garden with grapes and palms. It's a must-see if you are visiting Ravenna.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

A place I wanted to visit since I was a child. I still remember the pictures from the school book and at that time I thought it was impossible to build mosaics so beautiful. Almost 30 years later I have finally seen this gem. The Basilica, or I would better say Ravenna, is one of the most beautiful city in... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Having picked up a map of the town from the tourist office we had no problem finding the Basilica, down a short street from the main thoroughfare. Tickets are available in this street from what looks like a bookshop and these include 5 of the Unesco World Heritage sites. Although there were many people there everyone was so awed by... More

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The mosaics at this church are amazing with varying patterns and shades of colour. We used a tourist card (sold at the nearby Tourist Office) to gain entry to this Basilica and many other sites in Ravenna thereby saving both money and time.

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