Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe
The Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe rises in all its glory at a distance of 8 kilometres from the centre of Ravenna. Commissioned by archbishop Ursicino, the church was built by Julian Argentarius in 549 AD on an ancient burial area, used in the late 2nd or early 3rd century.
Apparently, Saint Apollinaris – one of the first bishops of Ravenna and now patron of the city – was buried here.
Sant’Apollinare in Classe has been described as the most impressive Basilica of the Early Christian period. Despite the plundering it suffered over the centuries, the church has preserved the splendour of its original building. It is now admired for its beautiful polychrome apse mosaics and ancient marble sarcophagi of archbishops, placed along the aisles.
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The Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe belongs to the MIBACT – Direzione Museale of Emilia Romagna (Ravenna Department)