The Basilica of St. Apollinare in Classe
consecrated by Archbishop Maximian in 549 AD. It has a polygonal apse
outside, and circular one inside with diaconicon sides and prosthesis,
as well as early medieval crypts. The interior is divided into three
aisles, by twenty-four Greek marble columns. The carved capitals of the
columns depict "acanthus leaves blowing in the wind", but unlike most
such carvings, the leaves appear twisted as if being buffeted by the
wind. The rich mosaic decoration includes the representation of St.
Apollinare in the background of a green landscape in the apse, and the
sanctuary depicts the sacrifices of the Old Testament and the delivery
of the privileges of the church of Ravenna (VII century).
The Basilica of St. Apollinare in Classe is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.