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. Plan your Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo visit and explore what else you can see and do in Ravenna using our Ravenna tourist route planner.
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  • Outside of downtown, but no less important than other monuments in Ravenna, represents, however, the prominence of the spots, masters of mosaic.
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  • Included in the ticket from €9.5, 5 Byzantine sights of Ravenna, I visit this beautiful and famous Basilica. The cycle of mosaics develops lengthwise above the columns of the nave, on both the right and left side. Needless to say, in this case the mosaics are stunning and beautifully preserved.
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  • Really nice-one of the many masterpieces of Ravenna, sights along with the other mentioned. And fee but its worth it for sure
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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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