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“Make sure you see the crypt!”

Basilica di San Francesco, Ravenna
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walsall, UK
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“Make sure you see the crypt!”
Reviewed 23 August 2014 via mobile

Visited here as we were in the area anyway. Nice little church. There are some stairs leading to a window which overlooks the crypt. It was quite dark, but with the flash of your camera you can see underwater mosaics and large goldfish. Next to the opening is a slot in which to deposit a €1 coin. This lights up the crypt. Unfortunately the couple in front of us insisted in staying at the window until the lights went off - making sure no-one else got the benefit of their coin!! This resulted in a massive queue behind us!!

Visited July 2014
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Hamilton, Canada
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“Beautiful Church”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

The outside of the church is very impressive and it appears to be in good shape. The really interesting thing to see is how the original floor of the church is now under water. Some of the old floor is still visible and a hint of what the old mosaics were like can be glimpsed.

Visited September 2013
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Philadelphia, PA
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“Sunken crypt”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

Find the machine to put in your euro to see the old floor that is now under water. Don't just toss the coin in the water. It looks like lots of people try that. The building itself is not as wonderful as the other sites in town but if you are there I would stop here too.

Visited May 2014
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Clearwater, FL
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Reviewed 20 June 2014

This basilica would be pretty, but no so much so in comparison to the other beautiful wonders in Ravenna. The sunken crypt is, however, interesting. And, yes, worth paying a euro to light up the situation. Most disappointing was the outside courtyard and common area in front. It was strewn with trash and graffiti on walls of neighboring buildings. The outside area was sad. Our guide apologized when she noted I was surprised at how the area looked and she said they have tried to work with officials to clean up the area.

Visited May 2014
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“Goldfish! Interesting and educational.”
Reviewed 22 May 2014

Other reviews explain why the fish - fascinating to think of the land subsiding so much but being in constant use for so many centuries. Easily located, costs a Euro for the lights, takes only a couple of minutes, plus queue time.

Visited May 2014
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