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Detail Of Floor Area With Roman Influenced Mosaic Based On The Swastika The Basi ...

Detail Of Floor Area With Roman Influenced Mosaic Based On The Swastika The Basi ...

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File name: Ravenna12dSanVitale.jpg
Format: film, 35mm
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Description: Detail of floor area with Roman influenced mosaic based on the swastika The Basilica of San Vitale is the most famous monument of Ravenna , Italy and is one of the most important examples of Byzantine Art and architecture in western Europe The building is one of eight Ravenna structures inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List The basilica was begun by Bishop Ecclesio in 527 , when Ravenna was under the rule of the Ostrogoths , and completed by the 27th Bishop of Ravenna , Maximian in 548 The church has an octagonal plan The building combines Roman elements ( the dome , shape of doorways , stepped towers ) with Byzantine ( polygonal apse , capitals , narrow bricks , etc ) However , the Basilica is most famous for its wealth of Byzantine mosaics , the largest and best preserved outside of Constantinople itself The church is of extreme importance in Byzantine art , as it is the only major church from the period of Emperor Justinian to survive virtually intact to the present day Europ

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