Basilica di Sant'Apollinare
When the basilica of Sant'Apollinare was built 1500 years ago it was on the seashore. The imposing architecture of the basilica ground plan, which stands today in the country just outside Ravenna, was originally intended to stand on the Adriatic coast where it was built but which is now a few kilometres away. In fact it is right next to the Basilica that we find the extensive archaeological area of the ancient city of Classe, home of the Roman fleet. These days tourist flock to the site to get their dose of Byzantine mosaics and I have been numbered among them.
Initially your gaze will be upon the long rows of apostles on one side and the birth of Jesus with accompanying Magi on the other but, after that you may choose to persue the naves and other points of interest.