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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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Amazing - simply amazing

This is a must see - the mosaics and tiling are amazing - hard to believe this is 1500 years old. . .we just gaped in awe.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This is a must see - the mosaics and tiling are amazing - hard to believe this is 1500 years old. . .we just gaped in awe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The jewel of Ravenna is a must see for all who come here. A little pricey but worth it as we see the past come to life again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This place was enchanting. I highly recommend a visit, and you will come away with beautiful pictures.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Great Byzantine tile art. Beautiful Christian symbolism. Cool and calming inside. Very close to nice shopping area with leather goods, restaurants, and gelato. I didn't want to leave Ravenna.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Well worth the visit. Heavily restored, but gives you a very good idea what they would have looked like when Ravenna was at the centre of Europe.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Amazing mosaics, unique and very well mantained. Unfortunately the welcoming is not the best, I am not sure whether or not they care, this attitude is pretty common in Italy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Amazing mosaic. Very beautiful. If you visit only one place in Ravenna, this is it Be aware that it's not open at all times as still used for regular church services. We made it in the small 0930-1000 window on a Sunday

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

After reading of this building in Pevsner's History of European Architecture many times ove the years we came to Ravenna mainly to see this building and the mosaics. They did not disappoint. It is gratifying to have ones expectations satisfied. This rates with Chartes, St Peter's Rome and Pompeii as places to visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This was the first Place we visited in Ravenna as it was quite near our parking (San Vitale - thank you Lonely Planet). And despite reading the reviews I must have stood there in awe for minutes. After almost 15 centuries the colors and images are still so vivid and vibrant that they are overwhelming. The building itself is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

A truly stunning Basilica , the mosaics and architecture are amazing . The Basilica is situated close to the centre , it is worth getting a composite ticket that will enable you to gain access to the significant sites across Ravenna, it is offered at a discount price so well worth while

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Additional Information about Basilica San Vitale

Address: Via San Vitale, 48121 Ravenna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0544 541688
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Emilia-Romagna  >  Province of Ravenna  >  Ravenna
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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