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Basilica San Vitale

Via San Vitale, 48121 Ravenna, Italy
+39 0544 541688
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Ranked #1 of 46 Attractions in Ravenna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: History As a symbol of the Archiepiscopal Chancellery of Ravenna, San Vitale is one of the greatest...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

This basilica is possibly one of the most beautifully mosaic decorated churches. Plan to spend quite a long time enjoying the walls ceiling and floors. Stunning. Ravenna is the site of several UNESCO sites, several of them being associated with beautiful mosaic art. There is a multi-site ticket available for €9.50.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The churches with mosaics are the main event in Ravenna. The ticket includes admission to several churches, so be sure to visit a few. If you can only visit one, the Basilica San Viatale is the best choice.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We visited Ravenna in early October 2013. The display of mosaics in the churches are amazing and this church was no exception. Suggest you purchase a ticket which allows entry to the 5 most important churches and displays.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This was my second visit to San Vitale. The mosaics are very special, and would be even if they were not so old. This is why you visit Ravenna. It is a relatively easy walk from the train station and can be done on a quick trip to Ravenna. Spend time looking at the mosaics from different angles and enjoy... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

it is hard to believe the mosaics date back to the 6th century, so bright and well preserved, certainly worth looking

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

From the outside it doesn't look as spectacular as the mosaics will be on the inside; definitely worth the visit!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Byzantine mosaics preserved like they were installed just yesterday. Have in mind that the Church functions till now!

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Liguria, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Visiting the Basilica is an experience like no other. We are not of religious bent, but spent an hour just gazing up and around at the incredible mosaics in this intriguingly shaped church. We had read up a little about the history of Ravenna which proved useful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The mosaics on the walls above the altar are astounding as well as the layout of this chuch. Not to be missed while you are visiting Ravenna !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Ravenna's mosaics are among the greatest treasures in western art, familiar from countless coffee-table books. Seeing them in their original setting, rather than on the printed page, can be a profoundly moving experience. At one time, the whole of the interior of San Vitale would have been covered with them. Only the decorations above and around the altar remain, but... More 

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