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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  • If you go to Ravenna can't go to visit this beautiful Church dedicated to Saint Francis, especially for its architecture, its paintings and frescoes, but also to see the tanker under the main altar, Yes, you'll have to put a eruo to turn on lights, but worth it. seeing is believing ...
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  • I was speechless! Beautiful mosaics perfectly intact under water! Something never seen before! A small gem: try the fish! There's a lot that girellano in water!
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  • Interesting situation where the original pavement below the water to cause the terrono is unde slowly over the years.
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