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The Basilica of San Vitale-4

robsb

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Sun 27-Jan-13 03:48 PM

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 527, when Ravenna was under the rule of the Ostrogoths and completed by the 27th Bishop of Ravenna, Maximian in 546 during 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. The final cost amounted to 26,000 solid gold pieces.


This is a view of the left side of the area where the angel figures are. When you realize that this is mosiacs and not a painting you can only be in awe of the work and dedication of those who did this.


D700 w/ 17-35 f/2.8 Zoom @26mm. f/6.3, 1/100, ISO 6400.

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