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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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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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History

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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Beautiful church

This is one of the most stunning churches that I've ever seen. The impact of walking in is amazing, and is unforgettable. The mosaics are incredible. The baptistery is also a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Palm Bch Grdns, Fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of the most stunning churches that I've ever seen. The impact of walking in is amazing, and is unforgettable. The mosaics are incredible. The baptistery is also a fantastic site. It's small and is included in the pass, or separate fee from the Basilica. The best deal is to purchase the pass that will allow you into... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a must in Ravenna and course in history, religion, architecture and art in one parcel. Read before, study the detail and awe.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The colours of the mosaics are vibrant and the detail quite astounding, given how old they are. The church has ramp access at the rear for those with a pram. Tickets were sold at a nearby shop and covered entry to multiple sites in Ravenna. The town itself was relaxed and easily reached by regional train.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ravenna was made the Capital of the Western Empire (AD 402). A role it maintained into the Byzantine rule in the 5th and 6th centuries. During this time, many rulers and church leaders created a number of buildings with stunning mosaics. The Basilica San Vitale has some of the biggest and most intricate ones. All this splendor can be seen... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ravenna has many beautiful mosaics, but those in San Vitale are the most overwhelming ones. While there are larger basilicas in and around Ravenna, none are as fully covered in mosaics as this one. All the mosaics sites could provide some more historical background about the sites.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Basilica di St. Vitale was one of my favourites – the whole building appeared smaller that some of the others, it had a neat and tidy garden entrance and the mosaics were not just of people and their faces, there were many birds like peacocks and animals. We really enjoyed visiting here and would recommend it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the 5 UNESCO sites in beautiful Ravenna; first stop Basilica di San Vitale. Good luck topping this site for incredible mosaics! Of course when you walk out of the basilica, you then walk into the small Mausoleo di Galla Placidia on the side and WOW more beautiful mosaics! Make sure you get the 9.50 euro ticket so you can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning. Visited this and it's definitely the highlight of my trip. A true example of Byzantium art in Italy, and you'll not forget it easily. If you are a fan of churches, then you'll adore it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful church with amazing mosaics. Ravenna should be in the itinerary of everyone who is visiting Venice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

truly incredible how beautiful the Byzantine mosaics are. so well preserved and re-telling an amazing history. use a guide!

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