Ravenna, Italy: Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo: Exterior View 2

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Sheppard, Beth M.
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21-May-17
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Italy , Ravenna , Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo , Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo , Naves , Marble Porticos , Courtyards
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Exterior view of Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo (Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo) in Ravenna, Italy. The photograph shows the brick nave and marble portico from the perspective of the front courtyard. Sant�Apollinare Nuovo, presently named for Ravenna's first bishop, was built ca. 500 in the basilica style by the Ostrogothic King Theodoric as an Arian palatine chapel. When the Byzantines conquered the city in the middle of the century, the church was converted to the Orthodox religion and renovated in the 560s. At that time it was rededicated to St. Martin, Bishop of Tours, a champion against the heretics. It is believed that in the 9th century the remains of the holy founder of the Church of Ravenna, St. Apollinaris, were transferred here from Classe, and the church was renamed after him, with the designation "Nuovo" (New).
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