Basilica di San Francesco, Ravenna, Ravenna

4.2
Built between the 9th and 10th centuries in the Early Christian style, Basilica di San Francesco, Ravenna is an understated Catholic church with a fascinating twist. Changing sea levels resulted in the original floor of the church flooding, so the mosaic floor and crypt lie underwater. The sunken crypt sparkles with coins strewn across the floor, and large goldfish swim through the waters. For an extra euro, you can illuminate the floor for a better view. The church also houses a beautiful pipe organ. PutBasilica di San Francesco, Ravenna into our Ravenna trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This church is likely hundred, if not thousands, of others in Italy and except for the oddity of its flooded crypt would hardly be worth going inside. But it does provide a fine backdrop to a lovely.....  more »
  • This was the first Church on our tour and had a very plain and simple interior in comparison to the others in the city. The highlight of this church is the flooded crypt. The crypt is below sea...  more »
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