Gallery: The Churches of Ravenna, Italy

Churches of Ravenna Photo Gallery

Ravenna, Italy sits at the literal crossroads between the old world and the new, between Western Culture and Eastern, between Europe and Asia Minor — it is a city that has seen much change in the past several thousand years, and this change is cataloged in its many churches and epochal architecture. While the City of Ravenna has much more to offer travelers than just its holy sanctuaries, today we will be giving our readers an insight into these buildings that — regardless of your faith or denomination — are beautiful living pages out of history.

Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy

Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy

Basilica of San Vitale

This Byzantine-era church is fairly simple in its architecture, but marks the beginning of Byzantine expansion into Europe around 526 AD. The church was originally begun by Bishop Ecclesius at a time of much change for Greece, Italy, and especially Ravenna which was under the control of the Ostrogoths at the time. Of the church’s many mosaics and beautiful interior artwork, the Justinian mosaic is interesting, as it is a mosaic tiled portrait of Julius Argentarius, the Greek banker whose sponsored investment made the church possible.

Check Out this Video on the Architecture and Mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale

Other Notable Churches and Architectural Sites to See in Ravenna:

  • Neoniano Baptistery
  • Galla Placidia Mausoleum
  • Sant Apollinare Nuovo
  • Dante Alighieri tomb
  • Saint Mary church

Enjoy Our Churches of Ravenna, Italy Photo Gallery Below:


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