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Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

Pzza Arcivescovile, 1, 48100 Ravenna, Italy
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Ranked #4 of 44 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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Toronto, Canada
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109 reviews 109 reviews
73 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

One of the earliest depictions of the Last Supper lurks high on the wall at the altar end of the nave, very close to the ceiling. You can also see the work of early art critics who edited some of the mosaic scenes to rid them of Arian heresy. Art experts say you'll find the first ever depiction of the... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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118 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Following the interpretation of some historians, this mosaic is considered the first western artistic depiction of Satan! Besides that, this church is truly unique and again another crossroad between the old western/eastern early christianity. A must see!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I live in Ravenna,so I see it every day and every day I remember when I was there with the school and my teachers(who can explain that church better that an old teacher from Ravenna?)and visited the church.First me and my friends was thinking:"What a bore!It will be another example of a ruine church!"but when we get there I said:"ON... More

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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

More gorgeous mosaics. You will need a guidebook or knowledgable person to explain to explain their history and meaning.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The external side is very interesting due to its architecture, typical of Ravenna (the campanary, for example). The interior is splendid with the columns and the mosaics.

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Philadelphia, PA
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188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Make sure you have some details or a guide to explain what you are seeing. The most interesting part to me was seeing what was modified over the years as the rulers changed. Without the information it would be beautiful but knowing the history makes it more interesting.

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Clearwater, FL
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46 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This is one of the first mosaic stops on the tour ticket if coming from the train station. It turned out to be one of our longest stops. And, we were so glad we had booked a guide to be with us. Yes, the mosaics are grand and breathtaking. But, as she explained, they were meant to tell a story... More

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Huntsville, Alabama
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

The beauty of the mosaics could never be anticipated by the plain exterior of the church. This one is easy to find as it is on a main drag in the city, and it's included on a ticket you can purchase that allows access to four churches with mosaics. It's amazing how well-preserved the colors are!

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

There are at least 6 places with wonderful mosaics one cannot miss in Ravena. This is one of them. You leave the pedestrian area just for a single block and see this very unusual decoration for a church. Mosaics with a "complete" list of all saints. Men in one side, women on the other. Very very nice.

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Stone, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Quite a plain looking building, the mosaics are very high on the wall's but are illuminated quite well. The church itself is empty of chairs/pews which does give a strange effect. Good gift shop and restaurant

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