Cathedral Of Sant Apollinare In Classe
The Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe rises majestic and solemn about 8 km from the center of Ravenna. Built in the time of Bishop Ursicinus during the first half of the sixth century. and financed by Giuliano Argentario, it was consecrated by Bishop Maximian in 549 d. C. It stands on a cemetery in use between the late second and early third century, where he has been buried the same first bishop Apollinaris, patron of Ravenna. The church has been described as the most magnificent example of early Christian basilica. Despite the depredations suffered over the centuries, still it preserves the beauty of the original structure, and is admired for its beautiful polychrome mosaics of its apse and marble sarcophagi of ancient archbishops placed along the aisles.