Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe, Classe

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#3 of 19 in Historic Sites in Province of Ravenna
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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  • August 12, 2017
    Out of town, I would leave for last because from there is convenient to Highway. Beautiful from the outside with the characteristic bell tower which is present in almost all churches of Ravenna, but inside ... a wonder. Bright, huge, it feels of microbes in comparison to the mosaics found on the altar, with the representation of God's hand sticking out of the clouds, Apollinaris that dominates the center of the mosaic sweet and serene colours. To know the history during the second world war that had been occupied by the Nazis and saved thanks to the partisans is a group of allies under the command of a Canadian who avoided being destroyed as had already been decided!
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  • August 8, 2017
    Well I think it's a must visit in what I think is one of the most beautiful churches in the world. The atmosphere is special. For holidays in the area it is unthinkable not to go there
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  • August 6, 2017
    Here you can admire one of the most famous and best preserved mosaics in the churches of Ravenna. It is located about 8 km from the city close to the ancient Roman port of classe. If you don't have a car you can take the bus number 4. Access is very easy and hard about 25-30 minutes. the first Sunday of the month admission is free. If you have time, visit is worthwhile.
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  • Though it can seem like a hike to get here, is worth it even after seeing Ravenna's many mosaics. The church itself also is noteworthy: compared to its counterparts be city, it's huge!
  • Very nice church, with lots of mosaics in. If you like three genre you must stop here.
  • Spectacular mosaics.
  • 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.
  • As the name suggests, the Basilica is not located in the city of Ravenna, but classy (not far). The Basilica has three naves, with a Bell Tower of the 9th century. The structure (I must confess, one of the few in Ravenna) is free on the first Sunday of every month, which is very positive. The mosaics are stunning. Well worth a visit.
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