S. Apollinare Nuovo (crs)
S. Apollinare en Classe
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The Basilica of S. Apollinare Nuovo is a basilica church in Ravenna. It was erected by Ostrogoth King Theodoric the Great as his palace chapel during the first quarter of the 6th century as attested to in the Liber Pontificalis. This Arian church was originally dedicated in 504 AD to "Christ the Redeemer". It was reconsecrated in 561 AD, under the rule of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I, under the new name "Sanctus Martinus in Coelo Aureo" ("Saint Martin in Golden Heaven"). Suppressing the Arian cult, the church was dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours, a foe of Arianism. According to legend, Pope Gregory the Great ordered that the mosaics in the church be blackened, as their golden glory distracted worshipers from their prayers. The basilica was renamed again in 856 AD when relics of Saint Apollinaris were transferred from the Basilica of S. Apollinare in Classe because of the threat posed by frequent raids of pirates from the Adriatic Sea.
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