Basilica Di Sant'Apollinare In Classe

Basilica Di Sant'Apollinare In Classe

Basilica Di Sant'Apollinare In Classe
4.5
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1:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Monday
1:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
1:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
1:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
1:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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4.5
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mvidro
Washington DC, DC429 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Although challenging to visit (it is essentially in the suburbs), its marvelous mosaics are worth the effort. As the buses don't accept cash, we bought Zone 1 tickets (one for each direction) at the Tourist Information Center. (Another option: a contactless credit card to purchase on the bus itself -- chip only cards will not work.)

From our lodging in city center, we took the #6 bus. Normally, we would have asked the driver for help with our stop, but COVID protocols (yellow tape blocking approach) prevented that. There were no route/stop indicators on the bus either. Instead, we depended on seeing it from the windows and pressing "stop" when we got close. The bus dropped us on a side street.

To return, we asked at the gift shop. After several present discussed it, they sent us to a stop on the main road (a Ravenna sign verified that it would take us in the right direction). To exit close to home, my friend tracked our progress on her phone.
Written June 19, 2022
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jef-grr
Grand Rapids, MI405 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This is the one major set of Byzantine mosaics outside Ravenna's city center. We traveled there by bus 4 from the train station. We bought tickets at the shop inside the station and the ride took about 20 minutes. It was worth it. This is probably the most holistically beautiful of the churches from my perspective. There's an elegance to how the church frames the mosaics architecturally. The colors are also so vibrant. It is well worth the trip. I'm sure taking a taxi from Ravenna would have been another option.
Written May 27, 2023
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BirdBrain99
Greater London, UK232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The mosaics are stunning. The stories told of the saint and his place in the world and connection to the people is clear as a bell. The hand of god peaks through the sky. The red line delineating power of the holy protection of the lord is only observable with binoculars. I recommend you take some for any trip to Ravenna and surroundings.
Written October 15, 2022
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Georgina H
Birmingham, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Incredible mosaics and such a peaceful atmosphere. Well worth a trip if you're visiting the Ravenna area. Even better if you go with a guidebook to explain the stories behind the mosaics. Don't miss the marble sarcophagi either!
Written February 25, 2023
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Patricia T
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Couples
Sant'Apollinare is certainly well worth visiting. Warning for those taking the bus from Ravenna: The bus drops you off in one place, but that is not where you go to take the bus back to Ravenna! We waited over an hour before finally going to the tourist office at the church. They directed us to the bus stop on the other side of the church, about 100 yards beyond the statue of Caesar Augustus. So the bus drops you off on one side of the church and picks you up on the other. The driver out never said a word about no pickups at his stop. This may seem like a minor issue but we lost a lot of time because of it.
Written September 22, 2011
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peter k
London, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
Not sure whetther anyone else has mentioned this, but as a number of people have pointed out how easy the service bus is, it's worth mentiioning that the return bus does NOT return from the bus shelter opposite the stop where you get off; rather it is in the side road leading into the village, (to the left of the bus shelter as you sit in it) on a grass verge! A kind local man came over and pointed this out to us, otherwise we would have sat there a very long time!
Written November 9, 2013
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Ron S
Vancouver, Canada386 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011 • Couples
Classe is a suburb of sorts, located about 4-5 kilometres outside of Ravenna. You may be tempted to give this church a miss, but you really shouldn't. You're in Ravenna to see early Christian mosaics, and you should see all of them. The apse of the church is the main attraction here, with a beautiful mosaic that is a startling contrast to those in town. The scene it depicts is largely pastoral, which is perhaps appropriate for the church's less urban setting compared to its brethren in town. The hues of rich green, gentle yellow, and soft sky blue are very different from the more striking violets, golds, and whites used in Ravenna's mosaics.

The church is relatively easy to reach from Ravenna, so don't let it's location dissuade you from visiting just because all the other sights in town were so easy to reach on foot! Bus #44 runs here from a stop across the street from the train station (the stop is just in front of the little park on the left when you come out of the station). You can buy your bus tickets (one to get there, one to get back) in any tabachi shop, including the one in the train station itself.
Written June 18, 2011
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HansPG
Oak Park, Illinois211 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have waited for thirty years to go to Ravenna to see Sant'Apollinare in Classe (among other places in Ravenna), with its mixture of eastern and western Christian symbolism and art.

The chief attraction here is the Byzantine-influenced mosaics, dating from the sixth (mostly) to the twelfth centuries. There is the architectural achievement that the nave has 58 windows (and five more in the apse), making the interior bright and open. There are the fifth to eighth century sarcophagi. And there is the connection to St. Romuald (ca. 951-ca. 1026), the founder of the Camaldolese order and a major figure in the eleventh-century "Renaissance of eremitical asceticism".

We approached from the south, which must not be too common, because there were no signs. Fortunately, the distinctive profile of the church can be seen for miles.

This is an active parish church in the Archdiocese of Ravenna-Cervia.
Written August 16, 2010
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Jake23
New Jersey6,843 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
A very beautiful church with great paintings and frescos. If you want to see the early Christian churches in Ravenna make sure this is on your list. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Written July 24, 2021
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Coucou
London, UK19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
We were not sure it was worth it, not much of mosaic, besides it is in remote location from the city where taxis rip off tourists (definitely do not book Radiotaxi de Ravenna that adjacent hotel has a deal with unless you want to be charger 12 EUR pick up charge!)
Written April 2, 2015
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