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Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

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Address: Via di Roma, 48100 Ravenna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0544 541688
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No other words for the mosaics. They changed the way I looked at the everyday world. The paving stones, bricks, moss and cobblestones all became a kind of mosaic for me. So... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Port Perry, Ontario
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Port Perry, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

No other words for the mosaics. They changed the way I looked at the everyday world. The paving stones, bricks, moss and cobblestones all became a kind of mosaic for me. So moving to see this art so gorgeous after all these centuries.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Absolutely captivating multi-level ceiling and wall mosaics, however, have glasses with you as they are very far/tall to see, or have a book with you where you can see them in detail

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The mosaics in this Basilica are the most magnificent I have ever seen in my life. The modest facade hides the most divine beauty inside. Overwhelming in size and has a real sense of spirituality.

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Armidale, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Yet another amazing, beautiful and awe inspiring building in Ravenna. Words cannot fully describe these buildings and the utterly gorgeous mosaic work. A must see!

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This Basilica is within the city of Ravenna and it is oddly very disappointing after having visited Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe.

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

This basilica was built by the Goths in the 6th century and has both walls lined with brilliant mosaics. The right wall has 26 white-robed martyrs heading towards Christ with his apostles, and on the left wall is a procession of virgins bearing offerings to the Madonna. Also spread along both walls are scenes of Christ's life in smaller panels... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This was my second visit and it was better than I remembered. The mosaics are large and beautiful. We were the only ones in the basilica at the time and we looked at the mosaics from many different angles. It was amazing to see such old and colorful mosaics. I hope to show them to others the next time I... More 

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

The mosaics in the Basilica are breath-taking and very well preserved. It pays to have supple neck muscles as one is obliged to look up - a trick that a more experienced traveller showed us, was to bring a hand mirror and then sit in comfort looking at the reflections. The mosaics are intriguing and one needs a good hour... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Every spectacular mosaic in Ravenna -- and all of them are nothing less than spectacular -- possesses its own unique qualities. The breathtaking processional panels that decorate either side of the Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo are especially noteworthy, as they offer a glimpse of the controversy over Jesus' divinity that roiled the early Christian church. The original Arian mosaics were... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The Mosaics are almost impossible to describe. Built in 6th century, this is a Goths Arian church, changed to Byzantine by Justinian. The procession of virgins with halos and smiles is delightful. The 26 martyred men on the opposite wall, not so much so, but still special opportunities to glimpse past decades.

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