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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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Went with a guide that made all the difference...fabulous frescos as well as mosaics, wonderful history

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Madrid, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Very nice from the outside, but 9 euros i find it too expensive to go in. Comparing that In venice cathedral of san Marcos they don't charge a single euro to go in... so i don't understand how in Ravenna is that price.. HINT: I found out also that for residents is 2 euros. maybe next time :)

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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Went with a guide that made all the difference...fabulous frescos as well as mosaics, wonderful history

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Captivating mosaics, absolutely beautiful, 5-6th century, real Roman style - Christianity at its earliest, before things happened to it

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

If you like this type of sight, you must pay a visit. It is worth every euro spent. the frescoes are just breath-taking and the church itself is splendid.

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San Francisco Peninsula
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Magnificent mosaics in a beautifully constructed Basilica. Visit requires purchase of a combo ticket that includes 5 well-worth the visit structures, all with great history and some of the best mosaics in the world. All within easy walking distance of one another.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Day trip to Ravenna, a city of glittering mosaics, a world heritage site. The city has ancient origins and a glorious past; from 5th to 8th centuries it was the capital of the western Roman empire, King Theodoric of the Goths and of the Byzantine empire in Europe. The town was built on a series of islands in a lagoon... More 

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Parkes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Remarkable very old octagonal church with brillint mosaic display. Hard to believe they were completed almost 1.5 millenia back. Mausoleo de Galla Placida just through the church is stunning in a much smaller way with a much closer perspective. The tickets are sold in a shop in the street out the front of the basilica and if you think you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Number one of Ravenna's mosaic. You might be not a religious person at all, you might not understand all deep meanings of the images, but the beauty and harmony of the work will stay with you for a long while

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

These are some of the best mosaics in the world. The soft glow through alabaster windows provides the most magical lighting, making the tesserae shimmer. The images tell Biblical stories of sacrifice, leading up to the mosaics depicting offerings made by Emperor and Empress Justinian and Theodora above the altar space – the fact that political figures would insert their likenesses... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Unchanged colours despite the age, amazing to see how all these mosaics were made and put together. History to be respected.

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