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Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy - This lovely church is one of the most important monuments of the Byzantine art and architecture. Its well preserved mosaics and rich history make this church a must-see landmark of Ravenna.

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Basilica of San Vitale - Ravenna, Italy

San Vitale Basilica in Ravenna, Italy. Note the round basilica structure, thick walls, and small windows.

tertiary apse chapel in the #Byzantine 6th century Basilica of San Vitale (?), Ravenna, Italy (with a Baroque era sculpture on the Pieta theme)

tertiary apse chapel in the century Basilica of San Vitale (?), Ravenna, Italy (with a Baroque era sculpture on the Pieta theme)

FIGURE 22 - Mosaïque de L'agneau de Dieu à San Vitale, 6ième siècle, Ravenna

Lamb of God mosaic from the vault of the presbytery of the Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, building began in 527 AD.

The ceiling of Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy - This wonderful church, built in the Byzantine architectural style, is best known for its mosaics. The church is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and it is one of the landmarks of the city.

The ceiling of Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy - This wonderful church, built in the Byzantine architectural style, is best known for its mosaics. The church is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and it is one of the landmarks of the city.

Cross - detail from the 6th century Byzantine mosaic in the apse of the basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe (Ravenna, Italy)

Image for paper bag batik. Cross - detail from the century Byzantine mosaic in the apse of the basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe (Ravenna, Italy)

The Basilica di San Vitale - "The wonders of Ravenna" by @Keith Savoie Savoie Jenkins

The Basilica di San Vitale - "The wonders of Ravenna" by Savoie Savoie Jenkins

Ravenna's sixth-century Basilica di San Vitale holds the West's most spectacular Byzantine mosaics.

Ravenna's sixth-century Basilica di San Vitale - holds the West's most spectacular Early Byzantine mosaics.

Already explored most of Italy's major cities such as Rome, Venice, and Florence? Take some time to visit its smaller yet as equally stunning cities, such as Ravenna. Here's a quick guide to get you started.

Introducing the City of Ravenna

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. Construction began in 527 and finished in 548

Basilica of San Vitale, c. 526–547, mosaic,

Lovely, Very Original Peacock Mosaic~ Seen At San Vitale Bascilica ~ Ravenna, Italy ~ Peacocks In All Sizes And Sizes.