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Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

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Address: Via di Roma, 48121, Ravenna, Italy
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+39 0544 541688
09:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Large church with good painting collection

This is one of the attractions on the 5 bulk entrance ticket. The mosaics are interesting but not the best of the group of 5, hence the 4 rating. If on its own would rate a... read more

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Taunton, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is one of the attractions on the 5 bulk entrance ticket. The mosaics are interesting but not the best of the group of 5, hence the 4 rating. If on its own would rate a 5. What is equally interesting​ are the paintings down each side of the building. Despite their age they are in excellent shape. Lighting makes... More 

Thank PhilTheTraveller
Somerville, Massachusetts, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So this was once a palace church and it has two sets of mosaics down both sides of the very long nave. But they're not nearly as interesting as the other mosaics in Ravenna IMO. On the right hand side are the Emperors and on the left the Empresses. Each group culminates in a religious scene (Emperors with Christ in... More 

Thank Shariann L
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

With the help of a gracious local woman, I finally found the Basilica di Sant' Apollinaire Nuovo. The sacristy and side chapels feature rather over-sweet 19th Century frescoes, but the mosaics over the arches are remarkably well-executed. Male saints, each carrying a crown, march along one side and female saints (the guidebooks say they’re virgins, but I wonder how they... More 

Thank Sandy S
Island of Malta, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is such a lovely contrast to see the simple white marbled colonnaded central aisle and then look up to the well preserved mosaic upper fascia running all its length on both sides. Amazing and wonderfully well kept building and surrounds.

Thank Muccu
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Magnificent mosaics on the side walls. Part of the five sites for €9.50 euros, so a steal. It's helpful to have a guidebook as I did, to understand the mosaic symbolism. There is a plaque with detailed historical info outside the entrance but it's hard to recall versus having a guidebook with you as you crane your neck to look... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Huge church with stunning mosaics - we went back for a second look. The story.needs to be followed along the walls and ceiling from beginning to end.

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Rome, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Compared with the other attractions this is the one less impressive, but still worthy to see. Also here mosaics are the attraction and the church is bigger the the other sites

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Not sure which one I liked best, this one or San Vitale. I'm partial somewhat to San Vitale, because it was the first I entered. There are definitely both worth seeing, and it's a good idea to buy the ticket for all 5 sites ( these two plus other three). This way, you can get a full picture of the... More 

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Saffron Walden, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Probably the most impressive of the three main Byzantine churches in Ravenna. The two facing galleries of figures are stunning. I particularly liked the weirdly-dressed magi.

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

Built in the late 5th to early 6th century at Theodoric the Great's request, this basilica predates the Byzantine occupation of Ravenna, in 540 AD. Its mosaics are absolutely astonishing and perhaps the most elaborate and colorful ever. Admittance is included in the combo ticket, which is valid for seven days, for the Basilica di San Vitale, Basilica di S.... More 

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