The Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe rises in all its solemn grandeur at a distance of 8 kilometres from the centre of Ravenna. Commissioned by archbishop Ursicino, the church was built by Julian Argentarius during the first half of the 6th century, on an ancient burial area used in the late 2nd or early 3rd century. Apparently, Saint Apollinaris - one of the first bishops of Ravenna - 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 basilica 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.
Monday - Saturday: 8.30am - 7.30pm
Sundays and religious holidays*: 1pm - 7.30pm
* Visits are suspended during religious services held at 8am and 10am
Last admittance 30 minutes before closing
The Basilica is closed on 25th December
Free admission on the first Sunday of the month; during special events by MIBACT (Italian Ministry of Cultural heritage and Activities); Romagna Visit Card holders; EU citizens aged less than 18 years; non-EU citizens under age; disabled and carers; non-EU citizens with conditions of reciprocity; EU guides and interpreters; MIBACT's staff; I.C.O.M. members; students of EU public and private schools accompanied by teachers; students of Higher Education courses organized by MIBACT; teachers and students of the Academy of Fine Arts and corresponding institutes of the European Union; high school teachers of art history; professors and graduate or post-graduate students of Art and Architecture; journalists with card
The Basilica is accessible to people with disabilities
The Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe is located 5 km south of Ravenna, in the village of Classe. Railway station at a 5-minute walk; bus line n.4, car and coach park. Close to the parking area for motor caravans and to the Tourist Information Office
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Last modified date: 18/07/2017