The heavenly Basilica
The Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe rises, majestic and solemn, a few kilometers from the center of Ravenna. It is the last excellence, in chronological order, of that incredible phase of byzantine art in Ravenna.
The Basilica was built during the first half of the sixth century over an old cemetery area, where it seems to have been buried between the late second and early third century, the first bishop Apollinaris.
Sant’Apollinare in Classe has been described as the most impressive basilica of the Early Christian period. Despite the plundering suffered over the centuries, the basilica still preserves the beauty of the original structure and of its splendid mosaics in the apse.
In a heavenly green meadow stands, as a good shepherd, the holy Bishop Apollinaris; above him, the glorious cross which enhances the divinity of Christ in the episode of the Transfiguration. In the aisles one can admire a remarkable collection of antique marble sarcophagi of the archbishops of Ravenna.
One of the eight Early Christian monuments of Ravenna in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
Via Romea sud, 224 - Classe (RA)
Fully accessible to mobility-impaired visitors
museum management: +39 0544 543710 / 543720
TICKET OFFICE AND BOOKSHOP:
tel: 0544 527308
TUESDAYS to SATURDAYS 8.30 - 19.30
SUNDAYS and RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS: 13.00 - 19.30
Closed on MONDAYS
Normally closed January 1st, May 1st, December 25th
Ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time. Last adimission: 30 minutes before closing time.
Full: 5,00 €
Reduced 2,00 € (Young people aged between 18 and 25 years, upon presentation of valid identity card or passport);
Free for the "Romagna Visit Card" holders
For every information and selling points: http://www.romagnavisitcard.it/
Free of charge for all people under 18 years upon presentation of valid identity card or passport, the first sundays of each month from October to March and on July 23th, December 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, August 14th and 15th;
for citizens of non-EU Countries, only upon mutual agreement.