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Basilica San Vitale

Via San Vitale, 48121, Ravenna, Italy
+39 0544 541688
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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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Via San Vitale, 48121, Ravenna, Italy
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Reviewed 3 days ago

excellent place that must be seen if you are in Ravenna. take the combine ticket also for Galla Placidia Mausoleum that is the most beautiful monument in Ravenna.

Thank Monika A
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Breathtaking, it is definitely worth the visit, the mosaic work and the whole structure is magnificent.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

East meets West. Stunning mosaics. So much history to learn & appreciate. In June late afternoon concerts light up ceilings

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We got a five site ticket for 11.50 Euros per person and its worth every cent, fantastic colorful mosaics in a number of locations, buy tickets at shop in street just in front of the Basilica and amaze at the 5th & 6th century heritage...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This basilica includes the famous mosaic portraits of Justinian and Theodora ... and much more. A great place to start exploring the treasures of Ravenna.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A visit to the Basilica is a must. Pictures don't capture the beautiful mosaics that fill this church.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nearby there is a ticket office where one can purchase a multi-site ticket covering this and several other important sites. It's a breathtaking Basilica which fills one with admiration for the genius of our forefathers.

Thank Colm K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For 11.50 euro you get access to five buildings containing mosaics. In reality it is only three sites as two of the sites actually have two buildings on them. Externally the buildings are impressive and very photogenic. Internally there are some nice mosaics but they...More

Thank james12017
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What more do you need to know? No photograph will ever convey what it’s like to stand surrounded by the mosaics that inspired Klimt. Every arch and corner and level is embellished with the most amazing work. Every floor space is adorned in elaborate marble...More

Thank Liz S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ravenna's beauties are more than worthwhile! You get down from the train and have most of the treasures at walking distance. It is a small city and easy to get around. The only Basilica which is further away (15 minutes on the city bus Number...More

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James J
9 September 2016|
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Response from Steveage | Reviewed this property |
It's a 20 minute drive from the cruise port to Basilica San Vitale. So, a cab might be the best. Walking is 2 hours and 40 minutes, not advisable. Public transportation from Marina di Ravenna to San Vitale is probably... More
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James J
12 August 2016|
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At any of the 5 sites (Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, San Vitale, the Mausoleo Di Galla Placidia, the Battistero Neoniano, and the Archiepiscopal Museum) ticket office.
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PatricioL46
18 May 2016|
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Response from 792burtg | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember the hours, but we toured it without a guide. I would add that some stores in Ravenna close at noon and stay closed until 2 or 3. We visited San Vitale in the late morning and went shopping for mosaics... More
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