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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  • Is not included among the 8 UNESCO sites and you only discover why nominated along with the tomb of Dante. Should not miss a visit to the mosaics in the crypt (1 euro for lighting) visible through an opening in the wall. There are also goldfish. Fix for disabled for presence of scale.
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  • I went to see the Basilica and it was a really odd thing to see water in this tunnel .... beautiful, special and interesting ...
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  • the curiosity is that under the basilica's main altar is visible a floor underground that is submerged by water and aquarium with Goldfish that are catered for by the Franciscan monks of the nearby Convent
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