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Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

Via Di Roma, 48100 Ravenna, Italy
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Ranked #5 of 49 Attractions in Ravenna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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London, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

After a couple of missed turns I found the Basilica and was amazed to have the interior to myself for over 15 minutes. To be able to consult my guidebook and follow the stories told by the mosaics added to their beauty

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Toronto, Canada
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

this church is a little ways away from the other attraction but was worth search. It is a large, airy place with many mosaics and needs a little time to appreciate

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Tel Aviv, Israel
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Amazingly elaborate and detailed Byzantine-era mosaics, with both Greco-Roman and Byzantine styles of portraiture, in a church full of history. Must-visit.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

Dante's tomb is close to the Basilica and well worth the visit. Dante Alighieri, author of the Divine Comedy, created the Italian language, just as Shakespeare created the English language. The vast mosaic works of Sant' Apollinare Nuovo are stunning. The procession saints ring the upper part of the basilica.

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Madrid, Spain
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39 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Perhaps you are now a bit tired of seeing so many mosaics all over the places. Just focus on the depiction of the cities, near the main entrance of the church: you can see the representation of Classis, the ancient city that dedicated its church to Apollinare, and Ravenna, the new city that wanted to express its power. They look... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Truly impressive, the picture in so many books about the oeriod and here it is, real and in front of you... luvky you!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Wonderful mosaics along the sides with great detail. Wish I could have seen the ones highest up that depicted different themes on each side. Large enough for several tour groups to be there at the same time.

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The main Basillica and adjoining chapel in the centre of Ravenna are where you will find the famous mosaics of Emperor Justiniian and his Emporess from 6 century Christian Eastern Empire. At the time of Emperor Marcus Aurelius the Empire became expanded and also under attack from mountain tribes i t was decided to move the Capitol to Ravenna for... More

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Villanova, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The mosaics here were very touching. Along the walls there are Christian martyrs in white robes presenting their crowns to the enthroned Christ. I took Patristics in the seminary, so I understood the symbols in the Church.

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Belford, United Kingdom
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

There are three magnificent church interiors in this one building. First, around the top of the walls, are Arian mosaics from the beginning of the 6th century during the reign of the Goth Theodoric, who had the church built as his palace chapel. The row of mosaics below are Byzantine from the mid 6th century onwards after Italy had been... More

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