Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe (Sito UNESCO)
The Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe is located about 5 km from the center of Ravenna. Since 1996, the Basilica has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, inside serial site "Paleochristian Monuments of Ravenna". It was built in the first half of the 6th century by banker Giuliano Argentario. The Basilica has three aisles with covered trussed roofs and polygonal abside alongside two chapels. To the left of the church is the 9th-century bell tower, which rises with its cylindrical shape. In the center of the Basilica, on the site of the martyrdom of the saint, is an ancient altar. Along the walls are numerous sarcophagi dating from the 5th to the 8th century. The decoration of apsidal cathedral dates back to about the middle of the sixth century, according to a theme closely linked to the struggle of the elite, since it reaffirms divine nature of Jesus.