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Basilica San Vitale

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Address: Via San Vitale, 48121, Ravenna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0544 541688
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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As a symbol of the Archiepiscopal Chancellery of Ravenna, San Vitale...

History

As a symbol of the Archiepiscopal Chancellery of Ravenna, San Vitale is one of the greatest works of late Roman art. Famous for its mosaics commissioned by Archbishop Maximian (546/556 AD), the basilica is a place of contemplation. While the body descends its steps the spirit rises to the Truth. A masterpiece to be admired for its evident beauty and its hidden, precise, evocative theological argument.

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Spectacular Mosaics

The mosaics at Basilica San Vitale are simply spectacular, your neck will be tired from looking up, but it will be worth it. The colours and detail are stunning, a must see on any... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The mosaics at Basilica San Vitale are simply spectacular, your neck will be tired from looking up, but it will be worth it. The colours and detail are stunning, a must see on any trip to Ravenna.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you go to Ravenna you have to see this. No visit is worthwhile without it. Ravenna has many sites to visit. This must be close to,if not,the top.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

In a city filled with incredible mosaics Basilica San Vitale and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia just out the back must be the highlights. I think it's a good idea to bring with you some sort of guide to the mosaics to help with an explanation (even wikipedia would help). The only negative is battling the tour groups but if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent an afternoon touring all of the UNESCO mosaic sites with our three daughters (12/12/14). They were absolutely beautiful and well worth our time. We used Rick Steve's Italy Guide to understand what we were looking at.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As an Interior Designer, I was blown away by the artistry and craftsmanship in this Basilica. The fact that everything is handcrafted and dates from 500 A.D. is a testament to the value of preserving this stunning work! It is a beautiful site to behold! I asked my husband to drive 1.5 hours out of our way to visit this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spectacular mosaics inside the basilica. A UNESCO site. It is really nice to see that they have been taken care well until now

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Read up ahead of time and then wonder at the Gothic and Byzantine mosaics. Remember that Justinian (who re-took Italy for the Roman/Byzantine Empire) was building Hagia Sofia 50 years after the 'barbarian' (have a people ever been so mis-named) built this.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The 6th-century mosaics in this rather plain (on the outside) octagonal church are the biggest draw for tourists coming to Ravenna. Seeing them in the flesh, they are exciting: Byzantine Emperor Justinian and his court stare stonily across the apse at his wife, Empress Theodora and her followers. These mosaics, plus the one of a floating Christ in the half-dome... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing mixture between 5th century mosaics and 18th century frescos. UNESCO site. Great to visit in Ravenna.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Byzantine basilica of the 6th century, whose construction started under Theodoric the Great, but was completed under the Roman Emperor Justinian; it hosts the most beautiful and well preserved wealth of byzantine mosaics outside of Costantinople.

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