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“See the layers of history peeled back”

Basilica di Aquileia
Ranked #1 of 43 things to do in Aquileia
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Tamworth, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“See the layers of history peeled back”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

The Basilica complex is interesting in itself, showing the range of developments you might expect on a site which has been a church for such a very long time. But the highlight here is mosaic floor of the nave. Cleverly, a transparent walkway has been raised above the floor so that visitors can see the mosaics without damaging them. I was struck by the portraits of benefactors from the Romano-Christian period - clearly you could see them as individuals. The sea mosaic reminds us that Aquileia was an important port for many years.
Don't miss the crypts. It's not too expensive to enter both of them, but if you have to choose one, go for the bigger one (near the main entrance) which takes you round the foundations of the huge bell tower. Here you see more extraordinary mosaics, more secular as some relate to the remains of homes rather than church buildings. You get an extraordinary sense of an area which was built on again and again over a long period of time - layers upon layers. The other crypt has frescoes with some interesting references to the early days of the Christian church in the area but they are quite faded. Do please remember that the Basilica is to be treated as a holy place and quiet is expected - every time the murmur of voices got a bit loud there was an annoyed lady over a tannoy asking for silence, followed by a chorus of "shhhh"! Outside the basilica there is a little cafe which sold delicious slices of pizza and, even better, a sort of pasty made of pizza dough and filled with ham, tomato and smoked ricotta.

Visited September 2012
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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“Amasing mosaics”
Reviewed May 2, 2012

Aquilea is a city with a rich history. The vibrant mosaics are a great example of it. they are a must see. There is no entrance into the basilica, but the entrance into the crypts is payable, so decide if you wish to see them in advance.
I definitly recomend taking the million of steps up to the towere though, as you get amasing views from there and it's definitly worth it!

Visited April 2012
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“Must see”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Famous mosaic in basilica si Santa Maria Assunta is one of the most important early christian archaeological finds in general. Famous biblical scenes of Jona's adventures are 'must see' for anyone who is interested in this historical period. This splendid 4th century mosaic really gives an idea of Aqiuleia as middle age center of cristianization.

Visited April 2012
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Limassol, Cyprus
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“Amazing Roman mosaics”
Reviewed February 19, 2012

The church is one of the most famous in Italy for its mosaics.....and I was certainly not disappointed by the visit. It is worth the trip from Venice, if you have a free days.
Just take a look at the pictures. Also interesting is the Archeological museum, while the Roman ruins are in not good shape and are interesting only when you think that it used to be a big port, and now it sits several miles from the waterfront.

Visited February 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful Basilica”
Reviewed August 31, 2011

Absolutely beautiful Basilica. Well worth the extra money to pay for the side rooms. The Bell Tower was an interesting climb as well (definitely tough for those not in decent shape).

The Basilica has shawls for those woman wearing tank tops or have exposed shoulders. They are required within the building.

Visited August 2011
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