Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe, Classe

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Constructed during the sixth century upon the foundations of an even earlier site, Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe is one of the world's most well-preserved early Christian churches. Admire the marble columns lining the basilica's aisles, as well as the intricate nature of the bishops' tombs spread around the building. Notice the structure's mixed architectural heritage as you observe add-ons and modifications from the centuries following its creation. Be sure to note the apse's detailed mosaics and wall frescoes, as well as their significance to the devout Christian population that once worshipped here. Arrange your visit to Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe and discover more family-friendly attractions in Classe using our Classe trip itinerary builder.
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  • Visited by accident on the way back home. I don't know of churches/cathedrals but the atmosphere and admire the Interior of the basilica is particular. The mosaic in the apse is something wonderful. To see absolutely
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  • With the "Opera di Religione della properties di Ravenna" ticket that will cost €11.50, visit 5 major sites, including this Basilica. It is still the Bishop Maximian, who consecrated the Basilica in 549. Isolated, with a forecourt and a green lawn, this Church of red brick with the cylindrical bell tower added in the tenth century is majestic, yet simple. Its name "in class" comes from the ancient Roman city: "Civitas Classis", created with the port on the Adriatic Sea and enlarged by César Auguste. The other Basilica Saint Apolinaire "the nine" is less harmonious. The inside is huge for the time (56 m 30 m). Of graceful, ornate marble columns support the building and just above, many painted medallions late are the Gallery of portraits of the Bishops of Ravenna. The richest part is the apse, with the dominant colors green and gold, representing green wooded meadows and many white sheep. Above, Saint Apolinaire spreading arms and at the top, on a starry blue background, the transfiguration of Christ on Mount Tabor, represented by a gemmee Cross and a central with the face of the Redeemer Medallion. Curious mosaics represent the symbols of the four evangelists: Mathieu, human face of an Angel. John represented by an eagle; Marc, represented by a lion; Luc, illustrated by a bull. In the mosaics, Emperor Constantine IV is shown giving the scroll of privileges for the Church of Ravenna. Ten impressive sarcophagi in Greek marble (graves of bishops) are arranged along the side aisles. This is obviously just a brief look.
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  • Approved about 40 years ago for the first time the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe stands majestic not far from the Centre of Ravenna. Fuedificata around the middle of the sixth century. on a previous cemetery area in use between the late second and early third century, where he seems to have found the same burial first bishop Apollinaris from which it takes its name, has been called the greatest example of early Christian basilica. Despite the looting suffered over the centuries, the Church still preserves the original Romanesque and Byzantine beauty and renowned for its splendid polychrome mosaics of its apse and ancient marble sarcophagi of the archbishops placed along the aisles. To visit
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  • Very nice church, with lots of mosaics in. If you like three genre you must stop here.
  • Spectacular frescoes.
  • This has to be the most implausible location for the "best preserved byzantine church in western europe". Drive past the strip of shops and supermarkets on the outskirts of ravenna and then out into the agricultural fields and fairly low cost new houses. Be very thankful for Google maps as it navigates you around the tenth roundabout. And then you see most implausibly an old church coming into view on the edge of a field. This remoteness presumably explains the extraordinary state of repair of the church. Apparently everything is as it would have been around 1300 years ago, in an almost perfect state of repair. The mosaics are of course lovely (though not our favourite of the trip) , as is the calm elegance of the church. but what really struck us was the series of sarcophagi of all the early ravenna bishops. The early ones are incredible works of art. By the 700s they have regressed enormously: the dark ages illustrated. A great way to finish off a trip to see ravenna's mosaics.
  • EN: Beautiful undressed church, whose apse is lavishly decorated with Byzantine mosaics. If you're close to Ravenna/Rimini area you must visit it! En: a must see if you're close to Ravenna and Rimini. The Church is decorated with Byzantine mosaics, especially the apse is particularly rich in beautiful pictures
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  • See for the wonderful dome mosaic altarpieces. Suggest you buy at the Museum the National Museum combination ticket + Sant'Apollinare in Classe + Mausoleo di Teodorico, decidedly cheaper.
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