Basilica of Sant'Agata Maggiore
Basilica of Sant'Agata Maggiore in Ravenna. Hotels near the Basilica of Sant'Agata Maggiore.
Photo: 1)the façade of the Basilica of Sant'Agata Maggiore, 2)the picture of Luca Longhi: depiction of St. Agata, 3)Basilica's inside, 4)detail of the four-sided portico
The basilica, located in Mazzini Street, was founded in the late IV century.
It is located in the old town centre of Ravenna, and is a few metres below the road level. It has been altered several times during its history, while the grounds that surround it house the round bell-tower of the 15th century.
The façade features a four-sided portico with finely sculpted capitals, surmounted by a wonderful two-light mullioned window, framed by marble.
The interior with its trussed roof, has three naves whilst some of the columns have Corinthian capitals dating back to the 6th century.
An ancient arch conserves the ashes of the Martyr Saint Sergio and of Bishop Agnello, of the 16th century. Above the high altar is a depiction of St. Agata in a painting by Luca Longhi.
The apse, has five windows and embellished with magnificent mosaics which have unfortunately fallen into ruin through the centuries.
The pleasure of fine accommodation in the centre of Ravenna: we recommend the Fabbri hotels for a pleasant stay as follows:
The Centrale Byron hotel, 3-star, in the centre of Ravenna, near Sant'Agata Maggiore ;
The Bisanzio Hotel, 4-star hotel in the centre of Ravenna, close to Sant'Agata Maggiore ;
Once you have reached the hotel and parked your car, forget it and walk everywhere, because everything is within walking distance.
The railway station is near our hotels and within walking distance of them.
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