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Basilica San Vitale

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Address: Via San Vitale, 48121, Ravenna, Italy
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+39 0544 541688
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour


As a symbol of the Archiepiscopal Chancellery of Ravenna, San Vitale...


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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It's a making Mojaic. If you need to choose from all the places this is the one to choose. Also visit the little museum in the same place.

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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Unbelievable this work of holy art from the early Middle Ages! Try to avoid noisy groups of schoolchildren and elderly people!

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It's a making Mojaic. If you need to choose from all the places this is the one to choose. Also visit the little museum in the same place.

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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I can't imagine why Ravenna and her wonderful mosaics are not on the main Italian tourist map. They are beyond words wonderful

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Goulburn, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This magnificent basilica not only has astonishing wall and ceiling mosaics but an incredibly beautiful floor and painted dome. Cannot understand why the world is not beating a path to Ravenna

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We bought a ticket for Euro 11.50 each to allow us to go to four churches and the tomb of Galla Placidia. S Vitale is a brick-built 6th Century basilica, looking a bit forbidding on the outside. Inside - decorated with superb mosaics showing scenes from the Bible and also figures from the Byzantine court, i.e. Emperor Justinian and his... More 

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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see, only watch who is going in ahead of you. Big groups do not allow you to enjoy this as it should be. Take the time.

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Brought me to tears. Such a beautiful place, I have years of Quilting inspiration in the floor designs. Oh, the ceiling mosaics are quite beautiful, too. Which is probably why most people go to visit. But seriously, how cool are those floors?

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Basilica San Vitale was built in the 6th century. It contains beautiful early Byzantine mosaics with biblical stories, images of Christ, and two panels depicting Emperor Justinian with his court and guards and Empress Theodora with her retinue. The combination ticket costs €9.50 and includes Basilica of San Vitale, Archiepiscopal Museum, Neonian Baptistery, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo. For an... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stunning mosaics dating back to 500AD. Well worth a visitOrthodox influence. Lots of school parties visiting

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Lyon, France
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

City full of UNESCO monuments, Ravenna is a dream for history and art loving folks. Buy the tickets at the shop/ticket point (you'll see a queue at the door) before approaching the main buildings of the Basilique San Vitale. We got the 11.5€ one for 5 major sites, and did four of them in the day, they are worth it... More 

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