Basilica di San Francesco, Ravenna, Ravenna

Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.1/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web
Built between the 9th and 10th centuries in the Early Christian style, Basilica di San Francesco, Ravenna is an understated Catholic church with a fascinating twist. Changing sea levels resulted in the original floor of the church flooding, so the mosaic floor and crypt lie underwater. The sunken crypt sparkles with coins strewn across the floor, and large goldfish swim through the waters. For an extra euro, you can illuminate the floor for a better view. The church also houses a beautiful pipe organ. For Basilica di San Francesco, Ravenna and beyond, use our Ravenna tourist route planner to get the most from your Ravenna vacation.
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  • It is very simple and elegant as its square. Note the floor level, much higher than the current (note the columns on either side of the altar, are much lower than any other). The crypt is mind blowing, mosaics submerged by water, is really not to be missed!
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  • Beautiful façade overlooking a beautiful square and adjacent to the tomb of Dante. Inside you can admire a crypt in which lies a stagnation of water. During my visit I also saw goldfish. Suggestive
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  • The mosaics were created in the 5th century. Ravenna, on a coastal swamp, sinks. The mosaics survive, as does the church above -- but the mosaics are flooded and the fish move in. Yes, it is worth see...  read more »
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