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San Vitale - Ravenna, Italy. Wow! If I ever make it to Italy, I would love to see this place in person...

San Vitale - Ravenna, Italy. Wow! If I ever make it to Italy, I would love to see this place in person...

Sant'Apollinare Nuovo - Ravenna, Italy  (Pinner's note:  Several mosaics depicted on this page!)

Sant'Apollinare Nuovo - Ravenna, Italy (Pinner's note: Several mosaics depicted on this page!)

Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna.The church was begun in 527, when Ravenna was under the rule of the Ostrogoths, and completed in 548 during the Byzantine Exarchate. 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.

Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna.The church was begun in 527, when Ravenna was under the rule of the Ostrogoths, and completed in 548 during the Byzantine Exarchate. 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.

7 Highlights of Ravenna, Italy

Ravenna, Italy – 7 Highlights of Rome away from Rome

Galla Placidia Mausoleum, Ravenna, Italy  to read more about these wonderful mosaics in Ravenna and also to learn more about mosaic art, click here:  http://therunawayitalian.com/2015/05/the-ancient-art-of-mosaic-in-ravenna-italy/

Galla Placidia Mausoleum, Ravenna, Italy to read more about these wonderful mosaics in Ravenna and also to learn more about mosaic art, click here: http://therunawayitalian.com/2015/05/the-ancient-art-of-mosaic-in-ravenna-italy/

Labyrinth on the marble tiled floor of Basilica San Vitale - Ravenna, Italy

Labyrinth on the marble tiled floor of Basilica San Vitale - Ravenna, Italy

Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy - said to be one if the most beautiful places in Europe, according to my art history professor

Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy - said to be one if the most beautiful places in Europe, according to my art history professor

UNESCO World Heritage Site - Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, Italy. Photo: newmansm via Flickr

UNESCO World Heritage Site - Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, Italy. Photo: newmansm via Flickr

Pin Me - Ravenna, Italy - 10 Stories to Make You Want to Visit the City of Mosaics Now - www.rossiwrites.com

Ravenna, Italy - 10 Stories to Make You Want to Visit the City of Mosaics Now

Pin Me - Ravenna, Italy - 10 Stories to Make You Want to Visit the City of Mosaics Now - www.rossiwrites.com