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Basilica San Vitale

Via Fiandrini, Ravenna, Italy
0544-219938
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Ranked #1 of 44 attractions in Ravenna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Toronto, Canada
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109 reviews 109 reviews
73 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

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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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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256 reviews 256 reviews
118 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
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
15 helpful votes 15 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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Ypsilanti
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65 reviews 65 reviews
24 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Get the five-site ticket down the street and enjoy these beautiful Biblical mosaics. WOW! Look for the "I love you" hand.

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Ostuni
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

One of the wonders of art history. Accessible and easy to view. A sympathetic setting, well maintained. A slight criticism - grumpy door attendant!

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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

You've seen them on TV, but go and see them in situ if you can. Fairly crowded, but go anyway. Absolutely gorgeous.

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

THe mosaics here are absolutely magnificent! Whether or not you are religious....even if you are not very art savvy,the beauty of the basilica is striking and amazing.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The mosaics of the VI Century are splendid. A contemplative place not only for religious persons, but also for lovers of art and history.

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