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While standing beneath a mosaic depicting Justinian, the view is matched on the opposite side of the apse, to the mosaic with the image of Theodora and her escort.

Basilica of San Vitale is the most important examples of early Christian Byzantine art and architecture in western Europe. The church was begun by Bishop Ecclesius in 526, when Ravenna was under the rule of the Ostrogoths and completed by the 27th Bishop of Ravenna, Maximian, in 547 preceding the Byzantine Exarchate of Ravenna. The architect of the church is unknown.

The construction of the church was sponsored by a Greek banker, Julius Argentarius, of whom very little is known, except that he also sponsored the construction of the Basilica of Sant' Apollinare in Classe at around the same time.

A donor portrait of the banker may appear among the courtiers on the Justinian mosaic - up right of the photo.

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