Automatic Lighting System of St. Apollinare in Classe Basilica (RA)
Dating to the first half of the 4th century, the Basilica was consecrated to archbishop Massimiano in 549 AD and dedicated to St. Apollinare, first bishop of Ravenna.
Its three-nave interior opreserves its original beauty with two rows of twelve Greek marble columns and the splendid mosaics in its presbytery. The apse conch is fully occupied by a depiction of St. Apollinare with twelve sheep representing his flock in a vast, verdant, flower filled meadow surmounted by a symbolic depiction of the Transfiguration. The upper layer of the arch contains a medallion in the centre bearing a portrait of Christ and, with a host of multi-coloured clouds to each side, the winged symbols of the evangelists. There are many sarcophagi placed along the lateral naves dating from the 5th to the 8th centuries.
To respond optimally to the basilica’s need for adaptable lighting capable of optimising the different ways in which the basilica is used (a correct reading of its artistic/cultural contents for tourist visits, gathering together the faithful, religious ceremonies, patron saint’ celebrations, etc.) we used a VM 3000 Digilux management and supervision system.
The lighting system installed inside the basilica is mainly of the direct type with highlighting lights designed to overlay general ambient light.
The lighting in the central nave, apse and over the magnificent mosaics in the presbytery was installed on the trussed roof with small-sized 3000 K medium narrow 20 W LED projectors.
To light the side naves and many sarcophagi, on the other hand, small medium-wide optics 3000 K 7W LED projectors were installed.