Monday, 28 November 2016

Italy: Church of San Vitale in Ravenna

On Saturday I got two postcards: one from Italy and one from Germany.

The card from Italy shows the Church of San Vitale in Ravenna. The Church of San Vitale was begun in 527 and was finished in 548, after Ravenna was captured by the Byzantine Empire. It is one of the most important examples of early Christian Byzantine architecture in Europe and houses the largest and best preserved Byzantine mosaics outside of Istanbul. It is also the only major church from the period of the Emperor Justinian I to survive until today. As one of the Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna it is since 1996 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Italian Mail (from set of two) (issued 01-12-2014)

Thank You very much Alessandro!

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