The Basilica of San Vitale ( 1 )

by Mikkal Noptek April. 11, 2015 2022 views

March 07, 2014

The Basilica of San Vitale is a church in Ravenna, Italy, and one of the most important examples of early Christian Byzantine art and architecture in western Europe. The building is styled an “ecclesiastical basilica” in the Roman Catholic Church, though it is not of architectural basilica form. It is one of eight Ravenna structures inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The church was begun by Bishop Ecclesius in 526, when Ravenna was under the rule of the Ostrogoths and completed by the 27th Bishop of Ravenna, Maximian, in 547 preceding the Byzantine Exarchate of Ravenna. The architect of the church is unknown.

The construction of the church was sponsored by a Greek banker, Julius Argentarius, of whom very little is known, except that he also sponsored the construction of the Basilica of Sant' Apollinare in Classe at around the same time. (A donor portrait of the banker may appear among the courtiers on the Justinian mosaic.) The final cost amounted to 26,000 solidi (gold pieces).

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Agnes Felber 6 years ago


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Dany 6 years ago

Masterful shot of this church and its architecture!

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Marilyn Grimble 6 years ago

The second capture is pure magic!

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Olga Helys 6 years ago

Magnifiques architectures, couleurs

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Finbarr 6 years ago

Great captures !

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Kenny H 6 years ago

Very, very nice. Good set.

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