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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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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... read more

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Byzantine Basilica of the 6th century, erected by the Ostrogoth King Theodoric the Great, originally Arian became a Catholic church under the Roman Emperor Justinian. The lower row mosaics on the right side represent a procession of martyrs heading from Theodoric’s Royal Palace towards Christ. The lower row mosaics on the left side represent a procession of virgins led by... More 

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I admit, I'd probably "only" rank this 5th or 6th of the 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Ravenna -- BUT don't miss it! ALL 8 are important and amazing and each has its own special charm and mystery.

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Mechelen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had not seen this before yet, but it was for me THE most beautifull mozaik to be visited in ravenna. Also because of its size it was impressive! Stunning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another perfect example of early byzantine hristian mosaic work. We left this until the last of the five sites on the combined ticket. It's hard to say, but this could even have been the best of them all. Just wonderful!

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Hastings, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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