New Basilica of St. Apollinarus

Local nameBasilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo
LocationRavenna, Italy

The Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo is a basilica church in Ravenna, Italy. It was erected by the Ostrogothic king Theodoric the Great as his palace chapel during the first quarter of the 6th century. This Arian church was originally dedicated in 504 AD to "Christ the Redeemer".It was reconsecrated in 561 AD, under the rule of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I, under the new name "Sanctus Martinus in Coelo Aureo". Suppressing the Arian church, the church was dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours, a foe of Arianism. According to legend, Pope Gregory the Great ordered that the mosaics in the church be blackened, as their golden glory distracted worshipers from their prayers. The basilica was renamed again in 856 AD when relics of Saint Apollinaris were transferred from the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe because of the threat posed by frequent raids of pirates from the Adriatic Sea.

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Opening hours

Nov. 1 - Feb. 28: 10 am - 5 pm
Mar. 1 - Mar. 31: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Apr. 1 - Sep. 30: 9 am -7 pm
Oct. 1 - Oct. 31: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm


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More information and contact


Official website


Phone +39 544 541 688

Address Via di Roma 52, 48020 Ravenna, Italy

Coordinates 44°25'0.376" N 12°12'17.592" E

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