Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe

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Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe information

Ravenna , Italy
Via Romea Sud
adult/reduced/child €5/2.50/free
Opening hours
8.30am-7.30pm Mon-Sat, 1-7.30pm Sun
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More magnificent mosaics, this time in a signature early-Christian Ravennese church situated 5km to the southeast of town in the small village of Classe. Fear not: the (small) effort to get here is worth it. Lighter than other Ravenna churches, the brilliant star-spangled triumphal-arch mosaic displays symbols of the four evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Other mosaics in the apse depict Byzantium Emperor Constantine IV (652–685) and biblical figures such as Abel and Abraham. The basilica – architecturally the city's most 'perfect' – was built in the early 6th century on the burial site of Ravenna's patron saint, who converted the city to Christianity in the 2nd century. To get there take bus 4 to Classe or take the train one stop in the direction of Rimini.