This magnificent basilica not only has astonishing wall and ceiling mosaics but an incredibly beautiful floor and painted dome. Cannot understand why the world is not beating a path to Ravenna
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We bought a ticket for Euro 11.50 each to allow us to go to four churches and the tomb of Galla Placidia. S Vitale is a brick-built 6th Century basilica, looking a bit forbidding on the outside. Inside - decorated with superb mosaics showing scenes...More
The Basilica San Vitale was built in the 6th century. It contains beautiful early Byzantine mosaics with biblical stories, images of Christ, and two panels depicting Emperor Justinian with his court and guards and Empress Theodora with her retinue. The combination ticket costs €9.50 and...More
City full of UNESCO monuments, Ravenna is a dream for history and art loving folks. Buy the tickets at the shop/ticket point (you'll see a queue at the door) before approaching the main buildings of the Basilique San Vitale. We got the 11.5€ one for...More
We were expecting a lot before we visited this church, and even then our expectations were more than surpassed. The outside looks interesting as it has a very different floor plan than most churches. However the inside is incredible, as it actually looks much vaster...More
What I liked is that you could get so close, in fact you walk on mosaics. This was the first place that I could explin what a mosaic was to my young daughter as she could see and understand the complexity of putting it together.
The Basilica is a beautiful piece of architecture and the Byzantine mosaics in the interior are really impressive... nevertheless, Ravenna is a bit far and not that much to do there... so if you are not a fan of mosaics, you may skip it.