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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 yesterday via mobile

It's one of the most famous places of Ravenna where you can admire some beautiful mosaics. It's very high and impressive... From outside you definitely cannot imagine what treasures you'll find inside... Incredible! Regarding the ticket: take the day ticket in the specialized shop in...More

Thank Mary C
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The main church is eight sided with buttresses giving support. The inside mosaics of Christian art are large detailed and colorful. The floors, walls and ceilings are all impressive. Close to the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia.

Thank Paul S
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

One of the best well preserved mosaics of the Justinian period. Admire the Emperor and his wife Theodora -do not miss out on the mausoleum of Theodosius’ daughter.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Look UP - look DOWN - look everywhere you can, and try to stay for a long time. The ceilings - the walls - the floors. Have a guide if possible, to get the most out of this basilica. Or do some research. It is...More

Thank Victoria Z
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This cathedral has the most beautiful mosaic I ever seen. The interior impresses and imposes in the same time.

Thank Sorin B
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It was time to visit Ravenna. We hired a private guide, Marta Chiero, an outstanding scholar General view of the Presbitery, Basilica of St. Vitale. General view of the Presbitery, Basilica of St. Vitale. to show us Ravenna’s Byzantine monuments, beginning with the Basilica of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is Ravenna's #1 sight to see. There is a lot to take in! Essentially, the story of the Christian faith is depicted almost entirely in the mosaics of the Basilica. Even without the mosaics, the building itself it beautiful with inviting arches and levels....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Basilica was breathtaking. The entrance is not expensive at all. We haven't found a queue. Everything was well organised and tidy

Thank Ste B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This church was one of the 5 sites we visited with our combo ticket in Ravenna, which is valid for 7 days, but it´s also possible to make them all on the same day. This one was my personal favorite. It´s fascinating what they were...More

Thank Nora K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In addition to the standard religious stories (make sure you look for the Hand of God in the mosaics), Justinian and Theodora make an appearance in the tableau along with their retinues and financiers. Look of the labyrinth of the penitent in front of the...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
13 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
19 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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