The Basilica of San Vitale ( 2 )

by Mikkal Noptek April. 13, 2015 1538 views

March 07, 2014

The church has an octagonal plan. The building combines Roman elements: the dome, shape of doorways, and stepped towers; with Byzantine elements: polygonal apse, capitals, and narrow bricks.

The church is most famous for its wealth of Byzantine mosaics, the largest and best preserved outside of Constantinople.

The church is of extreme importance in Byzantine art, as it is the only major church from the period of the Emperor Justinian I to survive virtually intact to the present day. Furthermore, it is thought to reflect the design of the Byzantine Imperial Palace Audience Chamber, of which nothing at all survives.

The belltower has four bells, the tenor one dates to the 16th century. According to legend, the church was erected on the site of the martyrdom of Saint Vitalis.

However, there is some confusion as to whether this is the Saint Vitalis of Milan, or the Saint Vitale whose body was discovered together with that of Saint Agricola, by Saint Ambrose in Bologna in 393.

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Sara G 5 years, 5 months ago

Just beautiful and looks meaningful. I can see how these would be precious to them.

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Olga Helys 5 years, 5 months ago

Magnifiques angles (surtout dans le #1), couleurs

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Dany 5 years, 5 months ago

Thank you for showing us all these riches on this church, also for its history and this information more interesting!

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Finbarr 5 years, 5 months ago

lnteresting post

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Agnes Felber 5 years, 5 months ago

LOVE every inch of the place!!!

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Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 5 months ago

Informative, as always.

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