Ravenna, Italy: Basilica of San Vitale: Exterior Renovation 2

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Sheppard, Beth M.
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5/22/2017
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Italy , Ravenna , Basilica of San Vitale , Basilica of St. Vitale , Church of Saint Vitale , Byzantine Churches , Church Renovations , Bell Towers
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The Basilica of San Vitale (Basilica of St. Vitale; Church of Saint Vitale) in Ravenna, Italy. The church was built in the 6th century and is one of the most important surviving examples of Byzantine architecture and mosaics. Like most historic structures, renovations occur from time to time over the centuries. The Basilica's structure is uncommon among Western Christian churches, with a central plant surmounted by an octagonal dome. Many round sloping and squared buildings were constructed off the side of the apse. The bell tower, constructed in the 10th century, is just visible in the central portion of the photo, partially hidden by tree branches.
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