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Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

Pzza Arcivescovile, 1, 48100 Ravenna, Italy
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Ranked #5 of 44 attractions in Ravenna
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Among the Basilicas of Ravenna, St. Apollinaris Nuovo is the one with the most controversial history representing the synthesis of the reign of... more »
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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Stunning mosaics over the altar and either side of the nave. Look for the 3 Wise Men leading the virgins in the nave and the port of Classe on the other side. So much to look at here. More mosaics than the Basilica at Classe.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

If you're in Ravenna, chances are you're here for the mosaics, and you will of course visit them all (you must). We saw this one last, a very beautiful way to end our visit, such beautiful blues and greens, walk all around to observe the colors from different points of view in the hall. The sun was starting to set... More

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New York City, New York
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79 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

It's a beautiful Byzantine Basilica located on Via Roma. UNESCO cited this Basilica as "an outstanding example of the early Christian Basilica in its purity and simplicity of its design, use of space and in the sumptuous nature of its decoration". Photos are permitted. Entrance fee or purchase a pass for other sites at the Tourist Information which opens at... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

The mosaic work is absolutely beautiful. It is hard to imagine how the artists who worked on the Basilica were able to accomplish what they did. They had no technology and were probably very limited in terms of their tools and yet they were able to design and carry out their work. The colors of the mosaics are still brilliant... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Need a good guide book or read the wiki first. There is so much to see or miss if you just walk through.

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Keynsham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

You have it all here: built by Theoderic the King of Ostrogoth Italy, some of the stunning mosaicry was completed or replaced by the incoming Byzantines after his death. Amusingly/interestingly, they took the mosaic portrait of Theoderic and just wrote "Justinian" above it. Talk about recycling! It's a shame there wasn't some information in the building about this. And then... More

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

All the sites in Ravenna are unusual for Italy and beautiful. See the ivory and marble as well as the mosaics.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This seems to be the biggest set of mosaics in Ravenna covering several different eras. The gold just glows and you canm take all the time you like to look and ponder and look again.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Magnificent mosaics feature a row of virgins taking gifts to the Madonna and child on one wall. And on the other, a row of apostles, with Christ enthroned, and angels. It all sparkles with gold. And there's a depiction of Ravenna in the Byzantine period, in mosaic, too. A highlight of any visit to the city

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

As you traipse through the 8 UNESCO sites in Ravenna, none is more graphic than this in revealing conflict and change. To start off, the Nuovo ('new') basilica was needed to house the mortal remains of S Apollinare held in the Basicilica in Classe to provide safe refuge from marauding pirates. 2. Commissioned by Theodoric, the OstroGoth who believed in... More

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