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Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe: Interior, nave looking towards apse and altar
An ancient altar in the mid of the nave covers the place of the saint's martyrdom. The apse mosaics date from 6th century. Beneath a large cross, St. Apollinaris stands with his arms raised in prayer in the center of an idealized landscape, with six lambs on either side.
Bishop Ursicinus (reigned 534-536) founded this church at Classis, about 5 km south of Ravenna; it was paid for by a local banker, Julianus Argentarius, and consecrated in 549 by Bishop Maximian. It is a spacious, three-aisled basilica ending in an eastern apse. Ravenna's tallest campanile was added to the church in the late 10th century. Despite extensive repairs to the clerestory in the 8th century, and the insertion of a crypt and raising of the apse level above the nave floor in the 9th century, the church has largely preserved its original internal design. Much of the sculptural and wall-mosaic decoration has also survived. One of eight Ravenna sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List.