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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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Staying in a hotel just across the road, this was our first stop on the "mosaic tour" - and what a great place to start! The Basilica is a large, light and airy space providing a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Angela M
Verona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staying in a hotel just across the road, this was our first stop on the "mosaic tour" - and what a great place to start! The Basilica is a large, light and airy space providing a fantastic backdrop for the most stunning mosaics. We were lucky in that it was towards the end of the day and there weren't too... More 

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Bath, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rightly identified as one of the 'must see' sites in Ravenna, it has a different format to the other sites - but is equally stunning for the quality of the mosaics on display. So glad we've finally made it to Ravenna

Thank Steve R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was built by Theodoric as an Arian church, but was later repurposed and redecorated to fit orthodox theology. Look into the history before you go and it will be more meaningful. But even if you're not a religious history buff, these mosaics are stupendous. I especially love the processions of saints, males on one side and females on the... More 

Thank Shannon G
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo was built by the Ostrogoth King Theodoric the Great as his palace chapel during the first quarter of the 6th century. Its current name dates from 856 when relics of Saint Apollinaris were transferred from the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe because of the threat posed by frequent raids of pirates from the Adriatic Sea.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

These buildings have "knock your socks off" exteriors but their interiors are their true attraction with mosaics that exceed all the frescoes you have ever seen for their majesty.

Thank mjrg59
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

The church is part of the city's mosaic package pricing and is a great place to start and work your way into the center of the old town. The mosaics are beautiful and well preserved.

Thank IMB95
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

When you enter, you will be overwhelmed by the mosaics. On one side of the basilica is the parade of virgins, and on the other side the parade of martyrs, plus many more lovely figures. I suggest you buy a Ravenna guide book so that you know what all the depictions represent. The 9.50 Euro ticket that you buy to... More 

Thank Dorothy A
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Great place to visit this year. Ravenna is 2015 Cultural Capital. Lots of art, exhibitions and places to see and experience. The mosaics at he Basilica are spectacular, UNESCO site, unique, you won't see it any other place in the world.

Thank APerez66
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Exactly as I expected. Wonderfully peaceful, and beautiful. So hard to accept it was 1500 years ago when so much of Europe were deep in the Dark Ages.

Thank SaleBazzer
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

This old basilica is easy to find, close to the train station. Don't miss it. The mosaics are beautiful, but up high, very close to the ceiling, so you have to crane you neck.

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