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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  • Compared with the other attractions this is the one less impressive, but still worthy to see. Also here mosaics are the attraction and the church is bigger the the other sites 
  • AWE and wonder for the refinement of the mosaics and the perfection of the volumes. Must see the treasures of Ravenna
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  • Huge beautiful mosaics that do remain speechless! So much golden color that "enlightens" all so special. The visit with the Tourist Office Guide allowed us to capture details that otherwise would not have noticed. Not to be missed!
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  • 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.
  • Fabulous! Some sumptuous mosaics. Wierdly the Baroque additions and frescoes rather spoil the effect.
  • Great artwork inside. Was half thinking of missing this but glad I didn't.
  • Outstanding frescoes.
  • Lots of mosaics describing Jesus and the Saints in various stages.