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Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

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Address: Via di Roma, 48121, Ravenna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0544 541688
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10:00 am - 4:45 pm
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Ravenna streets are yellow brick roads

Dorothy had to follow the yellow brick road to find her way back. Well here not matter what direction you head to, you are going to be welcome by another beautiful building with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Dorothy had to follow the yellow brick road to find her way back. Well here not matter what direction you head to, you are going to be welcome by another beautiful building with amazing mosaics!

Thank EthelBustamante
Ravenna, Italy
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

One of the most beatiful Byzantine church in Ravenna. The mosaics inside are very interesting and there aren't too many visitors, so there is possibility to visit and contemplate very well.

Thank Massimo M
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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109 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

An old Byzantine church with some ancient mosaics and some newer, it's definitely worth a visit, although I think the mosaics in the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe are even better.

Thank Panda234
Helsinki, Finland
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38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

This sight was worth the visit (it was included in the 5-sight ticket) as the mosaic wall pictures were interesting and beautiful - old town of Ravenna, the 3 wise-men (Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar) and the Archangles and the line of Apostles greeting Jesus Christ. The motifs of the mosaics were impressive, indeed.

1 Thank Heli L
Verona, Italy
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35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

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 

1 Thank Angela M
Bath, England, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

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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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

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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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

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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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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737 reviews
462 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 431 helpful votes
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
Scotch Plains
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222 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
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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