Basilica di San Francesco, Ravenna

#5 of 24 in Historic Sites in Ravenna
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Built between the 9th and 10th centuries in the Early Christian style, Basilica di San Francesco 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 into our Ravenna trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Do step into the basilica, which is very special indeed, with its mosaics you can see under water. That was a lovely surprise.  more »
  • We found out about Basilica di San Francesco on Atlas Obscura and made this a must see while in Ravenna. The key draw is the fact there are fish in the crypt (and apparently a duck on occasion...  more »

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