Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna

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Sixth-century Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo has been reconstructed numerous times since its consecration in 561 CE. Take time to examine the mosaics that decorate the nave and altar: these are the main draw of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with 24 marble columns from Constantinople. One of the mosaics may be the first Western representation of the Devil. With such a large and detailed display of mosaics, it can be helpful to carry a guide or read up on the historical details beforehand. To visit Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo on your trip to Ravenna, use our Ravenna trip planner .
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  • August 18, 2017
    There is little to say except that the mosaics which line both sides of the nave are simply stunning. One side shows a procession of 22 virgins led by the three magi, leaving the old city of Classe an...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Blaze of Golden mosaics! Look good, in addition to the Saints, the Apostles etc, even the three kings (wearing one of the earliest recorded history's pants!!) and the representation of the two cities: Ravenna and class, with its harbour, then extremely important and which has now disappeared. A special archaeological site in class--just outside Ravenna-will show the remains, if interested. The ticket is unique and cumulative to Basilica di San Vitale + Galla Placidia + Sant'Apollinare Nuovo Museo Arcivescovile and Battistero Neoniano +, with the famous chapel. All very special buildings for exterior and especially for mosaics.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Included in the ticket, the Council is to visit after the basilica of San Vitale and Placid.
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  • Just a beautiful example, perfectly preserved, of Byzantine mosaic work. We were floored. Really, not to be missed
  • If you've made it all the way to Ravenna, odds are you will be seeing this no matter what. It's nice that they have chairs set out where you can sit and view the full mosaics without having to strain your neck so much.
  • Beautiful mosaics Our second visit
  • Fabulous! Some sumptuous mosaics. Wierdly the Baroque additions and frescoes rather spoil the effect.
  • Beautiful mosaics, go on the afternoon when the sun shines in from the west

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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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