Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna: Hours, Address, Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo Reviews: 4.5/5

Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
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Renan
Rome, Italy137 contributions
Terrific
Jul 2021 • Couples
Very beautiful. It takes from 10 to 15 minutes to observe it. A guide would be a good idea, considering it's not easy to interpret the paintings
Written 18 July 2021
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David-in-Kent-UK
Canterbury, UK96 contributions
Ravenna is full of wonderful sights
Jun 2021
The Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo is another of Ravenna's marvels - that so many mosaics from the 500s to 700s have survived and been kept in such good repair is a wonder. The city itself is relaxing, civilised, and a joy to visit.
Written 16 June 2021
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trooper92
St. Gallen550 contributions
Not to be missed...
Oct 2020 • Couples
...although the processions of the martyrs and the virgins are impressive, but not my favorite site in Ravenna. Beyond the not very well lit processions, the church is quite unimpressive. Don’t miss the 1500 year old pictures of palaces and ships.
Written 24 October 2020
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maya
Belgrade, Serbia71 contributions
nice day of summer in ancient basilica
Jul 2019
sunny day in ravenna historical part...it was the beginning of july.we where there in early morning with a group of tourists.the narative story of tourist guide was really impresive.the basilica is full of symbols of an ancient times...visit and travell tour to remember..for all the times..
Written 21 June 2020
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Daniel
Crema, Italy345 contributions
Radiant
Mar 2020 • Business
It is a very old church dating back to the 6th century. I was late to get in and admire its famous mosaics but the lighting of the evening gave it a radiant view.
Written 11 March 2020
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g w
52 contributions
Frozen in time
Feb 2020
This byzantine church, which may look very un-byzantine, offers a window to the troubled history of northern Italy. Magnificent mosaics. Part of Ravenna's historical buildings.
Written 6 March 2020
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,470 contributions
Magnificent Basilica
Nov 2019
Ravenna shows us all the beauty of early Christian mosaics in beautiful basilicas, churches, chapels and museums. Sightseeing and enjoying these beauties is a privilege. So with Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, we enjoyed every look. Her history is extremely interesting. The basilica is a historically important early Christian monument. At the beginning of the 6th century, it was built by the Ostrogothic King Theodoric I, as a chapel within his royal palace (cited by Liber Pontificalis). As Theodoric was of Aryan faith, in 504 the church was consecrated as Aryan. After the Ravenna was occupied by the Byzantines, it was converted into an orthodox (Catholic / Orthodox) church, and Emperor Justinian I. The Great renamed it 561 to Sanctus Martinus in Coelo Aureo ("St. Martin in the Golden Sky"). It was renamed in 856 when the remains of the Sant'Apollinare ( Holy Apolinaria ) by which it was named were transferred. Among the many beautiful mosaics we can see, the mosaic of Christ on the throne surrounded by angels, mosaic display Theodoric's palace, Mosaic Adoration of the Magi ...... A magnificent Basilica with great artistic and religious value.
Written 26 January 2020
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showmemo61
Jefferson City, MO711 contributions
Beautiful
Oct 2019


This inside of this church has beautiful Mosaics depicting many of the scenes and people in the bible, four bishops who founded the basilicas in Revenna, and St Apollinaris. There are beautiful marble columns and along there are sarcophagus from different centuries. So much to see that one can hardly take in all in.

Written 31 December 2019
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greenmind0428
College Park, MD403 contributions
Golden in All Respects
Nov 2019
Absolutely eye popping. I almost could not take my eyes off of the gold ceiling and all of its intricate patterns to see the mosaics that line both walls. Of the five combo ticket sites, this felt the most like a living breathing church, although I'm not sure that it is, and not just a time capsule of Byzantine era mosaics and gold work.

Besides the mosaics, there is also a lot of very interesting sculpture in the alcoves that is being renovated and cleaned and is worth a peek. There are also ample benches to sit on and admire everything at a slower pace whereas the other Ravenna UNESCO sites are pretty much standing room only.
Written 7 December 2019
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Julia H
Wilmington,NC, United States81 contributions
One of the "must see" sights in Ravenna
Nov 2019
The mosaics are dazzling, especially when the sun streams through the windows. It is difficult to convey the awe these ancient works of art inspire. It is also astounding that these mosaics have survived from the 5th century. With the 22 virgins and 3 Magi on one side of the central aisle, and the 26 martyrs on the other side, you could spend hours appreciating this Basillica.
Written 2 December 2019
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