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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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Mosaics over the top

This church, which has had additions over the centuries was astonishing as we entered on a rainy day. Restorations were well done. We had a personal guide to point out the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Odenton, Maryland
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Odenton, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This church, which has had additions over the centuries was astonishing as we entered on a rainy day. Restorations were well done. We had a personal guide to point out the pictures and their meanings. The symbols and different eras were important to our understanding of the beautiful structure and accompanying cloisters. Don't miss this one.

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Clinton, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I toured this with a group of aspiring mosaic makers. Fascinating images and I remember the sparkle of the work because so much gold was used. Postcards and photos do not do these images justice. There is a mystical quality that you find when you are there in person.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Please try to visit with a guidebook or read up beforehand to fully understand and enjoy these mosaics because of their history. First Arian and then "rewritten". Nonetheless, enjoying them solely for their artistry and craftsmanship is enough! A truly magnificent and important building with astounding mosaic art. Part of the combo ticket in Ravenna and worth a visit. They... More 

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Statesville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

Another church with amazing mosaics- these lining both sides of the upper portion of the nave. The center nave was lined with columns capped with Corinthian capitals. The bell tower is also most impressive. This church actually had restrooms available and they were clean.

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DeLand, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Unassuming until you get inside. Great surprise. We had a wonderful tour guide from the mosaic school as that was the reason we were there. Definitely get a guide. I liked everything about it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Looks like the mosaics were done yesterday! you need a guid to tell some of the stories and spot the "deliberate mistakes" , but the place is immediately beautiful without explanation too..

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The Museum is one of five buildings - all within walking distance of each other - that can be visited on a combined ticket. The basilica is striking for its proliferation of mosaics, which cover every wall of this beautifully proportioned building. When we visited in April, around lunch time, the building was almost deserted; either it is not included... More 

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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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