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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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Another great mosaic place

Like several other churches in Ravenna, this one has impressive mosaics, all around the basilica. There's a ticket combining the mosaics here with mosaics in other churches in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Like several other churches in Ravenna, this one has impressive mosaics, all around the basilica. There's a ticket combining the mosaics here with mosaics in other churches in Ravenna. They are all open on Mondays. If you want to buy a mosaic souvenir, or a miniature church or mausoleum, this is the place (I considered buying one, but figured I... More 

Daegu, South Korea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the 5 UNESCO sites in beautiful Ravenna; last stop is Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo. OMG WOW the side walls are just mind blowing. How these survived I have no idea. Taking a panorama of each side is tricky, at least it was for me! Make sure you get the 9.50 euro ticket so you can visit all five sites.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this place was built by the Ostrogothic king Theodoric. When the Byzantines took over they altered the mosaic respresentation of him and his palace. Fascinating to see. Also the first representation of Satan in a Christian building can be found here - see if you can spot the blue angel and his flock of black sheep!

Thank twodiamondmom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a treat. Not many tourists, a beautiful cloister, and then the amazing mosaics that show what the leaders of the time wanted to say, but also what they tried to erase later. Fascinating, use a guide

Thank JPRay
Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Ravenna is a lovely city to visit and most people come to see 'the mosaics'. Basilica do S.Apollinare is one of 'the big 4' to see, with lovely mosaics throughout, but I suggest that you see it first (then Baptistry, then San Vitale and finally the Mausoleum) as that way each place visited is more spectacular than the last. S.Apollinaire... More 

Thank James R
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

We stayed in a hotel within 200 yards of the Basilica so it was our first introduction to mosaics in Ravenna. Quite stunning and certainly one of the places to visit. Tickets cover about four of the main sights,all of which are within walking distance.

Thank neil c
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

We started our tour of the mosaics with this Basilica. They are very interesting, but if I had limited time, I would go to San Vitale first. We used Rick Steve's guidebook to help us understand Ravenna's history, which is important to appreciating the mosaics.

Thank Erin S
Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

Of all the Byzantine buildings in Ravenna, this is my favourite. That's mainly because it is spacious in the traditional rectangular basilica shape, the walls above the arches have continuous rows of brilliant mosaic scenes, and the columns lining the length of the interior are very attractive with their different marble veinings. I felt like I was in a more... More 

Thank Kirk M
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

This was the last of the religious buildings we visited in Ravenna and I expected to be a bit blasé. But again I left with a sense of wonder. It's a bit later than some of the other buildings but the frescos are just astounding.

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

This church has excellent mosaics.After the basilica of St.Vital is the most beutiful church in the city of Ravenna.Certainly worth the price of the ticket.


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