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Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

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Address: Via di Roma, 48121, Ravenna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0544 541688
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The mosaics on the walls of this church built by order of Theodoric the Great, Ostrogoth King of Italy, are a wonder to behold - the left hand side has 22 virgins and the 3 Magi... read more

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Hastings, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The mosaics on the walls of this church built by order of Theodoric the Great, Ostrogoth King of Italy, are a wonder to behold - the left hand side has 22 virgins and the 3 Magi (first name check in Western Art for Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar) while the right hand side counters with 26 martyrs. All these are quite... More 

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Fishers, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Ravenna had been on the bucket list for a few years and we are privileged to have witnessed them! They are jaw-dropping and photos will not do them justice. THIS IS A GREAT DAY TRIP BY TRAIN FROM BOLOGNA, VENICE, ETC. This particular one was my favorite, and also happened to be the last one we visited. Strongly recommend taking... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was our final stop in the 5-site ticket, we chose our route like that as it was nearest to the train station for our return back to Bologna. As you approach it, first you see the alleged Theodoric palace and the bell tower, very photogenic. Once inside, we sat at the end and stared for several minutes at this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This one is the closest to the railway station. The best mosaics are high up on the sides of the church. The type of church is totally different to San Vitale. The architectural style is a lot less ornate, but the mosaics are fantastic.

Thank stonewithnomoss
Richland, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This basilica was erected by Theodoric the Great as his palace chapel. It has a traditional three nave layout, supported by twenty-four Corinthian style columns. The ceilings are from the early 17th century, but were originally so stunningly adorned with mosaics that it was known as "the golden heavens." This building has been renovated and altered after being being converted... More 

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Piraeus, Greece
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As you can see in my title, it won't hurt you to step inside and take a look if you can. But I guess you'll do so without having me telling you to... Have fun!

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Rexburg, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You walk around in here, you marvel at the ability of humans in the 500's. Just let that sink in, you are looking at amazing, colorful art set forth by a Goth king from the 500's! You could spend half a day in here staring at this incredible art. Complete a little research on S Apollinare before you enter, it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This basilica is included in the San Vitale ticket. Ravenna is famous for its mosaics and rightly so. Take some time to visit the most important sites, you will need a couple of hours to see the most famous ones. But of course it is better to spend some more time in Ravenna!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although we found Ravenna exceedingly charmless overall - we made a day trip from Bologna - the town's wonderful mosaic art is more than worth your time. This and other Ravenna sites are an easy walk from the train station. The Basilica features processions of the martyrs and of the virgins on opposite sides of the nave.

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Loreto, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would say that it is unique and marvellous for its mosaics and art. If you are a lover of art you must visit this beautiful Basilica. It fills your heart with owe and leads you to an encounter with God.

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