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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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USD 77.72*
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Private Walking Tour: Discover Ravenna's Stunning Mosaics
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Half-day Walking Tour in Ravenna

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Superb mosaics

Wonderful mosaics with JC life scenes, the antique Harbour, the emperor Teodorico palace and several other mosaics. Noteworthy the procession of virgins and saints, the Magi. The... read more

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Tiziano B
Pisa, Italy
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Pisa, Italy
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wonderful mosaics with JC life scenes, the antique Harbour, the emperor Teodorico palace and several other mosaics. Noteworthy the procession of virgins and saints, the Magi. The Church as other sites of Ravenna are within walking distance; a combined ticket provides entry for 5 of them.

Thank Tiziano B
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Astounding and beautiful mosaics - take time to look at each scene and character as they are so full of life and movement and meaning. Gorgeous sight.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was the last of the UNESCO heritage sites of fifth and sixth century mosaics in religious buildings that we visited. After a day of tramping the pavements and admiring one religious site after another this was the last church we reached and was simply stunned by the beauty of the frieze and the cycle of mosaics. Not to be... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is amazing blend of medieval and Byzantium architecture. Traditional medieval ceilings and eastern Roman empire mosaic.

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Taunton, UK
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

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Somerville, Massachusetts, United States
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 20 March 2017 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.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 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 

Thank genibre69
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

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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