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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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A must see in Ravenna. A UNESCO site. Admission is via the tourist card only -- it is 9.50 euro and gets you into 8 sites. Incredible and mesmerizing mosaics.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

A must see in Ravenna. A UNESCO site. Admission is via the tourist card only -- it is 9.50 euro and gets you into 8 sites. Incredible and mesmerizing mosaics.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

One of the first examples of government censorship! The Byzantines did not like the original Arian mosaics (the Arians professed that Christ was human rather than divine; the Byzantines saw him as half and half). So the Byzantines put their own layer of mosaic above the original Arian one.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Ravenna is home to some of the most beautifully-preserved mosaics you will find anywhere in the world. This church contains some of its most awe-inspiring and compelling, and fully justifies its listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Stunning mosaics and art work throughout. Steeped in history and visual art. Nice just to sit on the side and relax and admire the work. Well worth stopping here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Part of the package ticket, Nuovo has the great procession of mosaics down the side walls to the altar. Besides the mosaics it has the tell-tale bell tower of the area and a great court yard for photos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This for me was the best of the ' big five' that you get when you purchase your ticket to see the early Christian churches. The mosaics are simply uplifting and inspiring. The colours are stunning and the guide book I bought at the tourist office helped to point out that they were recently restored hence the striking colours. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The building is a short cab ride from the train station ... everything else in Ravenna can easily be reached by walking but Sant'Apollinare Noovo is about a 15-20 cab ride. It's definitely worth the time it takes to be there. The mosaics are outstanding, second only to San Vitale (and it's a very close second at that). Beautiful. Make... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Nice but as it's outlying from Ravenna 5 to 10km they would attract more visitors with free entrance

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This was one of only two places we visited in Ravenna and it's worth it. Also included in the same ticket price as what we think is the top place to visit" Basilica de san Vitale.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

To prepare our trip to Ravenna we did a bit of homework which included reviews of this UNESCO site. But somehow this did not prepare us for the real thing - so vivid and vibrant that you almost forget this was made almost 15 centuries ago. Even the baroque annex did not spoil this impressive piece of art.

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