Basilica di San Francesco, Ravenna, Ravenna

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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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  • August 18, 2017
    After so many stunning mosaics, this church is striking for its "cleaning", and the breath that comes with it. Surprising the crypt under water (completely in the dark. Need coin to turn on the light and see it). In the water some good goldfish, swimming above the mosaic floors and swamped.: alienating effect!
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  • August 15, 2017
    The basilica of San Francesco is situated in a picturesque area in the historic centre of Ravenna. beautiful cloisters which surround it. Near the tomb of Dante.
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  • August 13, 2017
    The basilica is beautiful, true beauty lies in simplicity strips around it with its huge aisles and tall, but the top i.e. the crypt under water is practically under the altar and it is exciting to see still from time immemorial the mosaics submerged! Recommended!!!
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Where to stay in Ravenna

Famous for its ancient mosaics, Ravenna is packed with boutique hotels and luxury resorts. Stay near the center of the city for easy foot access to numerous museums, galleries, and World Heritage archeological sites. A less expensive alternative to brand-name hotels, small B&Bs located just minutes from the tourist-driven central districts offer access to secure parking and private yards. Alternatively, you can explore a host of self-catering apartments and private cottages in the picturesque countryside surrounding the city.
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