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Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

Address: Via di Roma, 48100 Ravenna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0544 541688
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Ranked #5 of 46 Attractions in Ravenna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural

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Adelaide, Australia
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124 reviews 124 reviews
94 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This basilica was built by the Goths in the 6th century and has both walls lined with brilliant mosaics. The right wall has 26 white-robed martyrs heading towards Christ with his apostles, and on the left wall is a procession of virgins bearing offerings to the Madonna. Also spread along both walls are scenes of Christ's life in smaller panels... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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41 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This was my second visit and it was better than I remembered. The mosaics are large and beautiful. We were the only ones in the basilica at the time and we looked at the mosaics from many different angles. It was amazing to see such old and colorful mosaics. I hope to show them to others the next time I... More 

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Liguria, Italy
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

The mosaics in the Basilica are breath-taking and very well preserved. It pays to have supple neck muscles as one is obliged to look up - a trick that a more experienced traveller showed us, was to bring a hand mirror and then sit in comfort looking at the reflections. The mosaics are intriguing and one needs a good hour... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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47 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Every spectacular mosaic in Ravenna -- and all of them are nothing less than spectacular -- possesses its own unique qualities. The breathtaking processional panels that decorate either side of the Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo are especially noteworthy, as they offer a glimpse of the controversy over Jesus' divinity that roiled the early Christian church. The original Arian mosaics were... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The Mosaics are almost impossible to describe. Built in 6th century, this is a Goths Arian church, changed to Byzantine by Justinian. The procession of virgins with halos and smiles is delightful. The 26 martyred men on the opposite wall, not so much so, but still special opportunities to glimpse past decades.

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London, United Kingdom
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37 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

After a couple of missed turns I found the Basilica and was amazed to have the interior to myself for over 15 minutes. To be able to consult my guidebook and follow the stories told by the mosaics added to their beauty

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

this church is a little ways away from the other attraction but was worth search. It is a large, airy place with many mosaics and needs a little time to appreciate

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Tel Aviv, Israel
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Amazingly elaborate and detailed Byzantine-era mosaics, with both Greco-Roman and Byzantine styles of portraiture, in a church full of history. Must-visit.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

Dante's tomb is close to the Basilica and well worth the visit. Dante Alighieri, author of the Divine Comedy, created the Italian language, just as Shakespeare created the English language. The vast mosaic works of Sant' Apollinare Nuovo are stunning. The procession saints ring the upper part of the basilica.

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Perhaps you are now a bit tired of seeing so many mosaics all over the places. Just focus on the depiction of the cities, near the main entrance of the church: you can see the representation of Classis, the ancient city that dedicated its church to Apollinare, and Ravenna, the new city that wanted to express its power. They look... More 

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