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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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Ravenna 3-Hour Private Guided Tour
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Private Day Tour of Ravenna and Ferrara
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Mosaics Guided Tour and Cooking Lesson at a Restaurant

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A Byzantine knockout

This is the landmark whose elaborate mosaics made Ravenna famous. Aside from the exquisite golden half-dome over the apse – the saint in brown monk’s robes (but trimmed in gold... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the landmark whose elaborate mosaics made Ravenna famous. Aside from the exquisite golden half-dome over the apse – the saint in brown monk’s robes (but trimmed in gold) flanked by two angels and the full dome, teeming with plants, birds and beasts of the field – the marble mosaic floors would be worth a visit. Topping the columns... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

You have to see the place to realise what all the fuss of the mosaics if Ravenna are all about. Well kept, efficient staff.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Magnificent coloured interior. 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 basilica entrance but it's hard to recall versus having a guidebook with you as you crane your neck to look at the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have time for only one visit in Ravenna then it should be the Basilica San Vitale. The light, the frescoes, the mosaics will take your breath away... awesome!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is our second visit and the mosaics really are amazing as is the history of the location. Shame that even though we were charged entry we still had to pay to have a translated explanation of the location at machines. The fees did allow visits to some other locations in the town. Must see!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

WoW! The mosaics blew us away. We arrived at 9:05 a.m. on a beautiful Ravenna Thursday. We had the place to ourselves for almost 30 short minutes. Remember when Peanut's uncle leaves him an inheritance, and Pickle and Peanut travels across the Australian Outback to get it? Well, my mind is taking a train across the outback and the vividness... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really impressive!!! 😍😍I've never been to a place more beautiful than this. The "mosaicism" is perfect. You can not miss a place like this.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tickets for 5 sites was 11.50 euro all sites walkable from each other. Spend time visiting sites and seeing mosaics but read about history first very little info outside.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church and the chapel next to it bowled us over. Not to be missed together with the mausoleum di Galla Placidia

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the most beautifil churches in Ravenna in my opinion. Th mosaics are absolutely beautiful and in perfect condition.The ceilings and walls are covered with religious scenes dating back centuries and you can only stand back in awe infront of such beauty. Cameras are allowed so you can take many photographs to keep and cherish. If you have never... More 

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