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Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

Pzza Arcivescovile, 1, 48100 Ravenna, Italy
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Ranked #4 of 49 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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Penrith, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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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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Villanova, Pennsylvania, United States
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12 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The mosaics here were very touching. Along the walls there are Christian martyrs in white robes presenting their crowns to the enthroned Christ. I took Patristics in the seminary, so I understood the symbols in the Church.

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Belford, United Kingdom
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129 reviews 129 reviews
54 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

There are three magnificent church interiors in this one building. First, around the top of the walls, are Arian mosaics from the beginning of the 6th century during the reign of the Goth Theodoric, who had the church built as his palace chapel. The row of mosaics below are Byzantine from the mid 6th century onwards after Italy had been... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

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

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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135 reviews 135 reviews
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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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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