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Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

Via di Roma, 48100 Ravenna, Italy
+39 0544 541688
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Ranked #5 of 51 Attractions in Ravenna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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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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12 helpful votes 12 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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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
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Truly impressive, the picture in so many books about the oeriod and here it is, real and in front of you... luvky you!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Wonderful mosaics along the sides with great detail. Wish I could have seen the ones highest up that depicted different themes on each side. Large enough for several tour groups to be there at the same time.

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The main Basillica and adjoining chapel in the centre of Ravenna are where you will find the famous mosaics of Emperor Justiniian and his Emporess from 6 century Christian Eastern Empire. At the time of Emperor Marcus Aurelius the Empire became expanded and also under attack from mountain tribes i t was decided to move the Capitol to Ravenna for... More

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