A 180 degree turn from the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia is the church of San Vitale. This is one of the finest examples of the Eastern Roman influence on art in Italy. Consecrated in 548 it is a centralized plan church rather than a basilica plan. It is a domed octagon (17 meters in diameter and 30 meters tall) surrounded by aisle. The interior is lit beautifully through alabaster windows.
But it's the mosaics of the floors and walls that this church is well known for. The floor includes one of the early Christian mazes and the walls of the apse contain beautiful mosaics of biblical imagery. It also includes mosaics of the Emperor Justinian and attendants, including possibly General Belisarius who reunited much of the East and West for Justinian, on one side of the apse. On the other side is Justinian's wife, Empress Theodora, and her attendants. Though neither ever travelled to Ravenna from Constantinople.
It's a stunning building that soars on the interior. Another example of the simple brick exterior of so many early Christian monuments hiding a magnificent interior. Yet it also gives a hint at the massing of the interior and its lofty space, though not its sumptuousness.
In post processing I increased the saturation of the greens, red and yellows to bring back some life to the colors on this dreary day. I also cropped out a crane on the right. I think it was a crane. I don't have the original handy to look at and I did this a while back. I also apologize for having the tree in the way of the church's dome. It was raining and I was taking this from the shelter of the trees in my rush over to the Mausoleum.
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bgladman (1153) 2004-03-30 16:10
Good shot Paul. Well exposed and nicely balanced colours. I like the vertical path as it leads me to the church. The side paths counter this effect somewhat. I also wish the tree wasn't in the right of the frame - it causes the shot to appear unbalanced. (at least in my humble and non expert opinion). apart from that, well done!
Intruder (3099) 2004-03-30 17:09
great shot Paul, beautiful church! well done
bertolucci (13366) 2004-03-30 17:14
Hi Paul! This is a lovely picture. I like this old Roman edifice with it's heavy walls and flying buttresses very much. You captured it well. The people add a nice touch to the picture. I especially like the ones with the umbrella. The tree blocks off a part of the church, but considering the symmetry in the design this is no flaw - it adds depth to your very well seen & captured picture. Thanx for sharing.
kajenn (2442) 2004-03-30 21:48
This is a good picture of San Vitale, Paul. The people coming out of the church show us the size of the building, as the couple under umbrella and the man rushing away show us the weather. The trees are a nice framing and adds to the image, as the church itself has a rather simple and symmetric exterior. You've caught it very well! And good note, as always!
These comments are very time consuming, as since I've been to many TE-places, I remember having a photo, have to look it up, trying to remember the circumstances, search the Internet for what it might have been and finally write the comment... ;o) In this case it was not San Vitale, but Santa Maria in Porto in Ravenna 1999.
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2004-03-31 2:17
Hi Paul, Very nice picture of this roman church, you made it a very attractive piece of architecture. I think roman style is so simple and elegant, far different from the later styles, beautiful and back to basic. Ravenna is on my wishlist. Thanks
Zanni (6108) 2004-03-31 2:54
A complete multimedia lesson in agrement with the spirit of TE. Thanks very much Paul.
jhonny_blue (4956) 2004-03-31 4:29
Mia bella Italia !
One more beautiful picture of this wonderful country !
Great colours and composition !
jhm (160917) 2004-03-31 5:34
This is a lovely picture Paul, genuine romans architecture, very very nice with this small windows, good composition nice work. Nice note too. My compliments.
wilkinsonsg (8662) 2004-03-31 10:51
Nice shot - shame about the weather - very imformative notes :)
Georges (11185) 2004-03-31 14:44
La qualité de la photo est superbe avec de bons détails presents. Les reliefs sue les facades sont bien rendus. Une bonne image. Dommage pour ce ciel un peut trop blanc. Quand au reste rien a dire bravo.
Rockyboy (20598) 2004-03-31 16:39
Italy is wondeful country for old monuments. This one is very nice and you captured very well the color of the bricks. It is just a pity that the sky was white. Anyway, a very good shot!
gaetantgp (1310) 2004-03-31 21:56
Very nice Paul! Nice colours for a rainny day, It's very sharp also we could see a lots of details. But you know me, I just could not resist in making a W.S. on it. I hope you wont mind...Gaétan
ale (1819) 2004-06-02 8:40
I love this architecture and Ravenna too, you chose a great pov with the road in the centre and the trees on the right.
Thanks for sharing it!
taivo (1843) 2004-06-07 3:27
Nice view of the church. Some interesting scenes can be seen here. Was it raining because there are two persons with an open umbrella? The church has a nice, nostalgic appearence.
I'm a bit bothered by the trees on the right. They unfortunately blocked the top of the church (so we can't see the cross). I would take a few steps to the left so the trees would not be so prominent in the shot.
- Copyright: Paul Mastrogiacomo (pamastro) (7290)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2002-07-16
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Olympus IS-3 DLX, 35-180mm 1:4.5-5.6, Fuji Superia 200
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Between Padua, Ravenna and Pisa
- Theme(s): Monuments of the Roman World, World Heritage Sites Part VI [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-03-30 16:03