Basilica San Vitale

Basilica San Vitale, Ravenna

Basilica San Vitale
5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
History As a symbol of the Archiepiscopal Chancellery of Ravenna, San Vitale is one of the greatest works of late Roman art. Famous for its mosaics commissioned by Archbishop Maximian (546/556 AD), the basilica is a place of contemplation. While the body descends its steps the spirit rises to the Truth. A masterpiece to be admired for its evident beauty and its hidden, precise, evocative theological argument.
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David-in-Kent-UK
Canterbury, UK96 contributions
Wonderful mosaics
Jun 2021
The Basilica San Vitale, one of the five sites of the Diocese of Ravenna, was open on a timed, prebooked ticket. The mosaics are amazing - clear, expressive; worth the trip!
Written 16 June 2021
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Witless_Protection
Bedford, UK32 contributions
Unique and enjoyable attraction
Aug 2020
Beautiful and atmospheric, the most enjoyable of the sites on the self-guided tour. The mosaics are incredible and varied, and pretty unique, but the Basilica itself is also very intricate and fascinating. The town itself is also lovely: clean, tidy and pretty streets. Plenty of opportunities for wonderful photographs, too.
Written 4 January 2021
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trooper92
St. Gallen545 contributions
Extremely impressive
Oct 2020 • Couples
Although the mosaics only cover a small portion of the church, they are worth even a long trip to Ravenna. Beyond the mosaics, explore the inside vaults and remainders of 1500 year old stucco ornament. Extremely impressive site.
Written 24 October 2020
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DERtravels
Upland, CA1,346 contributions
Amazing Mosaics
Oct 2019
We had no idea of the beauty of the mosaics in Ravenna. We had heard of them, but to think they are so beautiful and also so well preserved!

The mosaic in the floor is like a stone carpet. The current one is from the 17th century The walls were glass of the Byzantine era.

There is so many stories in the mosaics, who the figures represent, etc. It is well worth reading about them before and again after your visit. Be sure to get a local guide while you are there.

Look closely at the Mosaic with the women in the middle of the angels. Those are real pearls and gold, not just artglass.
Written 27 September 2020
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joopb
Leidschendam, The Netherlands750 contributions
A absolute must
Sep 2020 • Friends
You can't visit Ravenna without visiting this Basilica it is simply stunning. I loved everything about it.
Written 17 September 2020
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Musicalphotoman
Dublin, Ireland84 contributions
Sublime
Aug 2020 • Friends
This ancient structure is one of the loveliest I've ever seen. You must pre-book it and specify your time.
Written 23 August 2020
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Whitefish8
London104 contributions
Just see it.
Jul 2020
This was probably my favourite place on our trip to Emilia Romagna. It helped that there were few other visitors. The mosaics are incredible as is the shape of the basilica. You can feel the history and the colours of the mosaics are so vivid.
Written 3 August 2020
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Kjellaug T
Sandnes, Norway135 contributions
Beautiful basilica
Oct 2019
The Basilica is really beautiful. The mosaics are outstanding, and it's well worth spend a bit of time here.
Written 30 April 2020
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g w
52 contributions
Well... words are out of place here...
Feb 2020
Really, if you are looking for the perfect pics, better stay at home and look in the net, or buy a book... the experience of standing in this magnificent place, surrounded by all this beauty, is hard to describe... and the photos are just a part of it. A highlight for anyone interested in history, art history and beauty. Waited many yaers to come, and was not disappointed...
Written 6 March 2020
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Victoria Taylor
Lowton, UK226 contributions
Good for those into their history
Feb 2020 • Couples
We passed through Ravenna on our way to Venezia. I didn't really know what to expect from this place. There's plenty of parking (paid) in the centre and we decided to stay for a few hours to explore, buying tickets to see the five main historical attractions, including Basilica di San Vitale. Certainly an impressive place for best suited for those who are really into historic venues.
Written 20 February 2020
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  • Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
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