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Ondina P wrote a review Feb 2020
26 contributions17 helpful votes
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Not only is this church beautiful, the mosaics are gorgeous and the whole complex is worth visiting. There are other places to visit in this city connected to her history, interesting as well. For those who are specially sensitive, it is possible to feel the sacred atmosphere of this place, something which is correctly maintained and respected by asking to visitors to wear a proper attire. At night the church is very impressive. We were there with full moon, there was a concert in the church and that evening was magic. With these events, the mosaic floor is covered with carpets, to protect it from the steps.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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peetajohn wrote a review Dec 2019
Norton, United Kingdom686 contributions153 helpful votes
We knew nothing about this place and only stopped here because of the nearby campsite review. What a place this is and what history! Buy an all-inclusive ticket which gives you access to the basilica, tower and crypt. The basilca is more of a monument than a working church as only the top end is used for services. The rest has an amazing mosaic, the largest I have ver seen, with elevated platforms to walk along and view it all. It is just superb. There is also a sad WW1 graveyard behind the church with the most beautiful and poignant statue in it - very few people visited it when I was there but it was lovely. This is a must-see place - why had we never heard of it before?
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Date of experience: July 2019
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MiranLj wrote a review Nov 2019
Ljubljana, Slovenia45 contributions8 helpful votes
Mosaics as in no other place in the world. We are the lucky generation to admire them. Just few years they were on display in antiquity, before they were covered (and in this way protected). And I am afraid they will degrade soon because of all nefastous ambiental influences.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Miroslav K wrote a review Nov 2019
Grosuplje, Slovenia346 contributions15 helpful votes
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It is not just largest Paleo-Christian mosaic in the western world, but it is a place where one can easily emerse into early Christian society. I strongly advise to endulge yourself with all-inclusive tickets and take time to go under and above the basilica.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Kikka1931 wrote a review Sep 2019
Italy256 contributions144 helpful votes
We came here as second step of the tour we booked at the infopoint - I highly suggest everyone to go there to get the most out of their time in Aquileia! - and the visit was well worth the walk under the scorching sun (I would advice to go there earlier in the morning, not like us, close to midday in July..... :-0). The basilica started in the 4th century and was finished more or less in the 15th century, so there is definitely a lot to discover! The tour was really good in highlighting many of the salient aspects of this basilica. Sometimes they are literally under your feet (the ground mosaic) and, whilst appreciating them as such for the craftsmanship, the guide will tell you more about the commissioners and the reason for some of the decorations around the building.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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