San Vitale (crs)
S. Apollinare Nuovo
Tomb of Galla Placidia
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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 in 548. The architect of this church is unknown. The building combines Roman elements with Byzantine. The church is most famous for its Byzantine mosaics. The church is of extreme importance in Byzantine art, as it is the only major church from the period of Emperor Justinian to survive intact. According to legend, the church was erected on the site of the martyrdom of Saint Vitalis. There is some confusion as to whether this is the Saint Vitalis of Milan, or the Saint Vitale whose body was discovered by Saint Ambrose in Bologna in 393. The construction of the church was sponsored by a Greek banker, Julius Argentarius, of whom very little is known.
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