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a view from west exterior of Basalica at sunset.I suggest you watch the video on youtube-

The Basilica of Sant' Apollinare Nuovo is a basilica church in Ravenna. This basilica was built by Theodoric sometime after 500 AD as an Arian cathedral dedicated to Christ; it was converted into a Catholic church dedicated to St. Martin around 560.
The entrance of the church is preceded by a marble portico built in the 16th century. Next to the church, on the right side of the portico, stands a round bell tower (38-m high) dating from the 9th or 10th century.
The interior of the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo is almost bare, which helps to draw attention to the overwhelming mosaics on the upper lateral walls on both sides of the nave. The magnificent mosaics cover the lateral walls of both sides of the nave. The mosaic decoration of the original church documenting the stylistic, iconographical and ideological evolution of Byzantine wall mosaics from the era of Theoderic to that of Justinian Greek monograms. The 26 christological scenes from the period of Theoderic are one of the biggest monumental cycles and, at the same time, the most ancient original mosaic work on the New Testament of all times.
Even though a large number of mosaics in the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo were lost through the centuries, the remaining art works are amongst the most impressive mosaics in the world. Originally, mosaics would have covered most of the interior but many were lost in earthquakes, wars, building alterations and botched restoration attempts.
Along with other ancient monuments in Ravenna, Sant'Apollinare Nuovo was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995. The advisory body remarked, "Both the exterior and the interior of the basilica graphically illustrate the fusion between the Western and eastern styles characteristic of the late 5th-early 6th century. This is one of the most important buildings from this period of crucial cultural significance in European religious art."(

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