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Basilica San Vitale

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Address: Via San Vitale, 48121, Ravenna, Italy
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+39 0544 541688
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09:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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History

As a symbol of the Archiepiscopal Chancellery of Ravenna, San Vitale...

History

As a symbol of the Archiepiscopal Chancellery of Ravenna, San Vitale is one of the greatest works of late Roman art. Famous for its mosaics commissioned by Archbishop Maximian (546/556 AD), the basilica is a place of contemplation. While the body descends its steps the spirit rises to the Truth. A masterpiece to be admired for its evident beauty and its hidden, precise, evocative theological argument.

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History comes alive with glittering mosaics dating back to the reign of Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora (mid 500s CE). It is clear to see why these mosaics make the city of... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Ravenna has few small spots that must be seen. This is one of those...beautiful ceiling!! Entrance fee is included in a ticket for multiple attractions.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

History comes alive with glittering mosaics dating back to the reign of Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora (mid 500s CE). It is clear to see why these mosaics make the city of Ravenna famous, the skill is incredible. The church is quite interesting to see too. I recommend buying the pass for the top 5 sites in Ravenna, as the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide book says if you only visit one of the mosaic sites in Ravenna, this is the one. We did visit several, but his was definitely the best. The interior is stunningly beautiful (my wife reckons the most beautiful church interior she has ever seen), with the fresco and mosaic sections of the building blending perfectly. Definitely worth standing/sitting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not absolutely sure, but I don't think there's any other place in Italy, other than Ravenna, where you can admire so many beautiful, impressive mosaics. Worth taking some time to enjoy. As I said, it's best to pay the full price for the 5 sites ( San Vitale, Gala Placidia Mausoleum, plus other 3).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very Impressive. The byzantine influence and the mosaics are marvellous. Highly recommended for a visit and spend some time inside the temple to absorb the ancient ambience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Explosion of beautiful mosaics. Overwhelming. The cupolas shine and glitter. Take time of enjoy the atmosphere.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you're in Ravenna, don't miss this fantastic Byzantine Basilica! The mosaics and interior are mind-blowing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the moment one steps inside it, this church bedazzles with all of the art inside. Admittance is included in the combo ticket, which is valid for seven days, for the Basilica di San Vitale, Basilica di S. Apollinare Nuovo, Neonian Baptistery, and Archiepiscopal Museum and Chapel of San Andrea. In March 2016, it cost EUR 11.50. This is a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When you step inside this huge church, the mosaics take your breath away. Absolutely amazing. You could sit here for hours looking at the mosaic decoration around the apse.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ravenna is a beautiful place to visit and learn about all their mosaics, better to do it with a tour to be able to understand the mosaics of each church

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