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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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One of the oldest Christian churches doesn't disappoint

This one of Ravenna's Unesco World Heritage sites (there are eight in all which is incredible in such a small area) it is a church from the fifth century that has been added to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This one of Ravenna's Unesco World Heritage sites (there are eight in all which is incredible in such a small area) it is a church from the fifth century that has been added to , but parts are over 1500 years old. The floor mosaics alone have been walked on over the centuries and still appear fresh but when you... More 

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Marseille, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The most impressive church in Ravenna, with the most complex mosaics, and the famous portraits of Justinian and Theodora. Take a seat and watch carefully at these masterpieces !

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Ravenna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

A must see in Ravenna. Try the sinners labyrinth though on your fees not on your knees like the medieval pilgrims. The entry tickets are valid for 7 days

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Not to be missed. This should be the center point and highlight of your visit to the UNESCO sites in Ravenna.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Beautiful and impressive octagonal church with its Byzantine mosaics and one of the perfect examples of early Christian Byzantine art and architecture. Stunning! You need to buy a museum pass ticket for see it, but not expensive for 5 worth to see places in Ravenna.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Only in my art history books have I seen the beautiful mosaics of Ravenna. To be able to see them in context was an experience I will not be able to forget. The colors are spectacular, the detail are incredible and the feeling I had when visiting was of pure happiness and serenity. I cannot say anything more than to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

If your interested in history, arts or architecture this is one of the must see places in Ravennan. Stunningly beautiful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

If you see one set of Mosaics in Ravenna, go to the Basilica San Vitale. Not to be missed, peaceful and serene.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

My wife wanted to visit this church for years, and since we had to drive from Umbria to Veneto, we decided to make the detour to Ravenna. I can say it is worth it. Visit Ravenna even if it is for the church alone. The church is stunning. Very special. The sober outside and the beauty inside. Granted, it's rather... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Wonderful place. We did the complete "mosaics tour"!. Ending up at the what I think is the best, because it has a different feel at Classe. We found the tourist info office at theodicies mausoleum excellent and took the free hire tourist bikes. An excellent way to see the town, get around and get a feel of the place without... More 

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