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Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe


The Basilica of St. Apollinare in Classe was consecrated by Archbishop Maximian in 549 AD. It has a polygonal apse outside, and circular one inside with diaconicon sides and prosthesis, as well as early medieval crypts. The interior is divided into three aisles, by twenty-four Greek marble columns. The carved capitals of the columns depict "acanthus leaves blowing in the wind", but unlike most such carvings, the leaves appear twisted as if being buffeted by the wind. The rich mosaic decoration includes the representation of St. Apollinare in the background of a green landscape in the apse, and the sanctuary depicts the sacrifices of the Old Testament and the delivery of the privileges of the church of Ravenna (VII century).

The Basilica of St. Apollinare in Classe is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


via Romea Sud, 224
48124 Ravenna


Monday-Saturday 8.30 am-7.30 pm; Sunday and holidays 1.00-7.30 pm. Visits are not allowed during the celebration of Mass at 8.00 and 10.00 am

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