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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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125 reviews 125 reviews
60 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The mosaics inside of this church are beautiful, and amazingly well-preserved. It is challenging keeping all the Ravenna mosaics straight, but these stuck in my mind pretty clearly. Don't miss this church.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Yet again another church bathed in the brilliance of mosaic works and other opulence. What makes it special is the fact that the mosaic work here actually has one of the initial representations of satan and even last supper. Apart from that the structure itself is culmination of two different era. I found the place quite peaceful and breathtaking

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Gold Beach, OR
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27 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

When in Europe you have the chance to see many splendid churches but this one is truly magnificent. The mosaics are beyond your imagination. The art is worth a visit as it is so impressive. We enjoyed our visit and were glad we went.

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Toronto, Canada
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73 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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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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
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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
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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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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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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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