Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe, Classe

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Religious Site
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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  • Well worth the trip out from Ravenna if you have a car (or by bike) Beautiful church in very peaceful surroundings. Fantastic mosaics of sheep (on thee theme of the Lord as My Shepherd).  more »
  • Dragged along by my husband and sceptical in the extreme about how much I'd enjoy this particular sight, I was quickly enchanted. The Basilica is beautiful in itself but the mosaics are just out of th...  more »
  • We arrived mid afternoon after a very long drive. , We decided to relax from our journey with a glass of wine in the garden. It was offered to us free. together with nuts etc.!! The Basilca , which is...  more »
  • 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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