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Basilica di San Vitale, Ravenna

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Must see · World heritage site · Religious Site · Historic Site
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Considered a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, Basilica di San Vitale was built during the 6th century and is today inscribed on the World Heritage List. The church contains what are possibly the finest mosaics in Europe, the largest and best preserved examples of this art form outside of Constantinople. These mosaics were executed in the Hellenistic-Roman tradition, which focused on lively and imaginative depictions, with rich colors and a vivid portrayal of landscapes, plants, and birds. One of the site's two major mosaic panels depicts Emperor Justinian I flanked by his court officials, while the other shows his wife, Theodora, with a train of her court ladies. This site is of extreme importance in Byzantine art, as it is the only major church from its time period to have survived virtually intact to the present day. After your first visit, hold on to your ticket: it’s valid for seven days.  It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Basilica di San Vitale and many more Ravenna attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Ravenna sightseeing planner.
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  • Had limited time in the town, stood in the queue while trying to obtain tickets online, found the online process very unhelpful as no info on children's prices, so ended up taking a photo from... 
    Had limited time in the town, stood in the queue while trying to obtain tickets online, found the online process very unhelpful as no info on children's prices, so ended up taking a photo from...  more »
  • Don't miss the fantastic mosaic, probably among the top three in the world. The Green Guide gives this place 3 stars. Enough said? 
    Don't miss the fantastic mosaic, probably among the top three in the world. The Green Guide gives this place 3 stars. Enough said?  more »
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  • Go here first thing in the morning!! I saved it for last and there was a huuge queue at ticket office...and didn't have time left😭😭 Well, i have excuse now to come back. Old mosaics from Roman period are still inside, probably the best in Italy... still have to see to judge😉
  • A must see monument and UNESCO site or works heritage. Absolutely stunning. This place inspired the Haggia Sofia in Istanbul! You must add it to your list! €11 for the combined ticket to see 5 sights in the city, 3 of which are UNESCO! Well worth the price.

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