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Review of Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo
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Oxford, U.K
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“After San Vitale, this is the one to visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

The mosaic representations of the saintly martyrs in togas are
delightful; the church is very light and everything can be clearly seen and admired. There is a story to be read on all the walls !

Visited April 2013
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Poole, United Kingdom
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“Wow! This church should be the model for all churches.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

So simple - the architecture and decoration (excepting the hideous Renaissance inspired altar area) provide a truly spiritual place in which to contemplate or pray. The mosaics are splendid showing the male and female saints, prophets and the set pieces of Christ and the Virgin. Truly marvellous - why can't all churches be this beautiful?

Visited April 2013
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Verona, Italy
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“A treat for the eyes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

The mosaics are stunning - I love the harmony of the design and the colour - so beautifully balanced. I'd recommend taking some binoculars though if you want to have a good view of them. Or check out good colour photos first so that you can appreciate the details.

Visited April 2013
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Lake District, Northern England
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“Classic mosiacal temple”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

This church is a compact, simple brick built structure with a rounded 10th century bell tower complete with inlaid pre-Christian grecian columns. Step inside for a garden of visual delights with mosaics adorning the walls on each side.Scenes of the Good shephard and his flock combine with medieval depictions of biblical characters and lambs shimmering with colour and vibrancy. Dante famously described the mosaics as possesing "the sweet colour of oriental saphires." You have to pay to get in as part of a five ticket entry to key Ravenna sites.

Visited April 2013
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“Mosaics, Magi, magic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

This basilica was originally built (dedicated in 504) as the palace chapel for the Ostrogoth king, Theodoric, who adhered to the Arian faith. It was remodeled about 50 years later when the Byzantines retook Ravenna and expunged any Arian imagery they considered heretical. You can see the traces of this: the mosaic on the righthand wall marked "Palatium: originally depicted Theodoric's palace & members of his court. They were deleted, but incompletely - you can still see a stray hand or two crossing the columns.

The mosaics are in three bands. On the lowest level, male saints on the right wall proceed from the palace towards a beautiful Christ enthroned among angels, and on the left the three Magi, fantastically dressed in animal print leggings, lead a train of female martyrs towards the Virgin and Child among angels. The window level contains male saints holding books or scrolls. These are closer to Roman art in the individuality of faces & poses and convincingness of their stances. The top level contains small narrative scenes from the gospels, and although they may be challenging to make out (opera glasses are a help here!), they are charming. My favorite is Christ, with a red angel on his right and a blue angel (demon?) on his left (our right), separating the sheep from the goats. It reminds me of Chagall. Only 1400 years earlier. Absolutely amazing.

Visited July 2012
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