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Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

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Address: Via di Roma, 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
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Not sure which one I liked best, this one or San Vitale. I'm partial somewhat to San Vitale, because it was the first I entered. There are definitely both worth seeing, and it's a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 6, 2017
Maria D
Bucharest, Romania
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Rome, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017 via mobile

Compared with the other attractions this is the one less impressive, but still worthy to see. Also here mosaics are the attraction and the church is bigger the the other sites

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

Not sure which one I liked best, this one or San Vitale. I'm partial somewhat to San Vitale, because it was the first I entered. There are definitely both worth seeing, and it's a good idea to buy the ticket for all 5 sites ( these two plus other three). This way, you can get a full picture of the... More 

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Saffron Walden, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

Probably the most impressive of the three main Byzantine churches in Ravenna. The two facing galleries of figures are stunning. I particularly liked the weirdly-dressed magi.

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2016

Built in the late 5th to early 6th century at Theodoric the Great's request, this basilica predates the Byzantine occupation of Ravenna, in 540 AD. Its mosaics are absolutely astonishing and perhaps the most elaborate and colorful ever. Admittance is included in the combo ticket, which is valid for seven days, for the Basilica di San Vitale, Basilica di S.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2016 via mobile

Must see if you are in Ravenna. The mosaics are amazing. We visited in December which is not crowded. There were only one other couples there. We pretty much have the whole place to ourself

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the basilica looks nothing from the outside but inside is packed with amazing 6th Century Byzantine mozaics, above the columns, including New Testament scenes. Look out for the Three Wise Men. There is an entrance fee and the place gets very busy so visit early.

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Somers Point, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

OK, the mosaics and history at Basilica S. Appolinaire Nuovo are incredible, but most are so high up near the ceiling that one can’t appreciate them. The history of why changes were made to the mosaics are very interesting. At 4:00 p.m. on a very dark, rainy day, they turned the lights off, so we really couldn’t appreciate the works.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016 via mobile

San Vitale perhaps has finer mosaics, but Sant'Apollinare Nuovo definitely has the most. The church is like a Byzantine comic strip with New Testament scenes running all along the sides of the nave. I loved the image of Christ raising Lazarus from the dead where Lazarus is depicted as a mummy in his tomb. You can even spot disembodied hands... More 

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Sacile, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

A splended early church design containing large beautiful mosaics. A must to see and then compare to Basilica di S. Vitale.

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Ashland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Like San Vitale and the mausoleum adjacent to it, this basilica has absolutely beautiful mosaics, and it should not be missed.

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