Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe, Classe

#3 of 18 in Historic Sites in Province of Ravenna
Religious Site Church
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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  • The Church is outside the city of Ravenna, and owes its name and its location on the fact that at the time of construction the sea passed nearby, not a distance of km, like today. Tickets cost €5, children free. The visit can be admired in all its glory the apse mosaic completanente, in which the color green of the lawn. Simply magnificent!
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  • I have already reviewed my church but I had written that there was the tourist bus, well there is no more unfortunately.
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  • Beautiful Romanesque basilica in the middle of the plain, one of the places worth visiting
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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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