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Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe

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Address: Via Romea Sud 224, 48124 Classe, Italy
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+39 0544 473643
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Sun - Fri 08:30 - 19:30

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Glorious -- not to be missed

For my day trip to Ravenna from Bologna, I decided to start with the touted sight furthest away, the Basilica of San Apollinaire en Classe, about 20 minutes from the train station... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2017
Sandy S
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

For my day trip to Ravenna from Bologna, I decided to start with the touted sight furthest away, the Basilica of San Apollinaire en Classe, about 20 minutes from the train station on the #4 bus. One of the most striking features is the amount of light. Unlike the famous churches in the city proper, this one has no buildings... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Though a friend said he liked this one best, I went to this one first because it was closest and I didn't necessarily agree that it was the best. The Ravenna area UNESCO sites are primarily Byzantine sites from around roughly 400-800AD after Rome had fallen and the Western Roman Empire's capital had moved to Ravenna.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

We took bus No. 4 in Via di Roma for a 10 min ride to this vast church with very different mosaics to those in central Ravenna, Also a UNESCO listed site the mosaics are beautiful for their gentle simplicity in a pastoral scene covering the entire ceiling of the semi circle cupola at the front. A sight to behold... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

A very old and top preserved church dating back to Byxzantine times. While situated a bit south of the city of Ravenna, you should definitely go there and visit this masterpeice of architecture.

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Saffron Walden, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 December 2016

I took the train to Classe - only 5 minutes on the regionale. It was cold and foggy and the entrance to the basilica wasn't easy to find. Inside is a huge space with the chancel the highlight - a tender portrait of Apollinare wiht his sheep. The alabaster sarcophagi along the aisles are beautiful. The setting gives it a... More 

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Sacile, Italy
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Reviewed 8 November 2016

A bit out of the main city but worth the trip. Outside provides a feel for what I would expect most churches would have like when built, open fields and not cluttered. However an adjacent restaurant, hotel does take a little away. Inside a simple must see mosaic.

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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We left the best for last. You need a car or bus to get here. It is about 20 mins drive outside Ravenna where the old port of classe once was. Outside the church is worth nothing. As soon as you enter you are in heaven. It is a total must.

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Orvieto, Italy
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Reviewed 26 October 2016

I visited this 6th century church on a cold,damp and foggy October morning and was astounded by the luminosity and exquisite detail of the mosaics which cover the walls and ceiling above the altar. There is a timeless elegance in their execution which is hard to describe.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

It is so special to stand in this church visit the mosaics and see how old they are. I loved it. It is in a lovely very flat area - seemed good for cyclists.

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Conway, South Carolina
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Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Like most of the sites in Ravenna, this church just one train stop south is absolutely beautiful. It is worth the short trip to head down there. You will be rewarded by more beautiful mosaics and a grand basilica. The cost to get in is not included in the five museums in Ravenna and will cost you an extra €6.50.... More 

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