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Basilica of Sant' Apollinare Nuovo

One of Ravenna’s most popular historic sites is this mosaic-walled church with a turbulent past dating back to the 6th century.

A fascinating history and a collection of impressive mosaic walls draw visitors to the Basilica of Sant’ Apollinare Nuovo. This large church is among the oldest religious sites in Ravenna and belonged to a number of religions before it was consecrated as part of the Catholic Church. The basilica is one of many UNESCO World Heritage listed sites in Ravenna. View the art inside, considered to be some of the most important in the area. 

Built by King Theodoric the Great in the early 6th century, the basilica was founded as an Arian church dedicated to Christ the Redeemer. When the Byzantines reconsecrated the church in 561 it was dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours, a sworn enemy of the Arians. The church was given its current name 3 centuries later, after the relics of Saint Apollinaris were relocated here.

Admire the church’s early Christian and Baroque architectural features. The church’s expansion and reconstruction over the centuries have given it many styles. Photograph its brick tower and the series of arches that surround the exterior. 

Enter through the main entrance to see the cavernous main nave. Surrounded by a series of arches and 24 marble columns, the expansive room is flooded with light. It also houses most of the mosaics within the church. While many of the original mosaics were removed or covered over by various rulers, an impressive body of work remains. Look for the standing prophets, the processions of saints and the immense Virgin and Child, all of which date back to the 6th century. Gaze upward to see the oldest remaining mosaics, depicting scenes from the New Testament.

The Basilica of Sant’ Apollinare Nuovo is located on Via Di Roma in Ravenna and can be reached on foot, by car or by bus. If you drive, find limited street parking available in the area. The church is closed on Christmas and New Year’s. An admission fee applies.


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