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Basilica of San Vitale

  1. Basilica of San Vitale
  2. Basilica of San Vitale

Basilica of San Vitale


The Basilica of S. Vitale has a central octagonal plan, surmounted by a cupola and the whole supported on 8 pilasters and arches Founded by Giulianus Argentarius, commissioned by Bishop Ecclesius and consacrated in 548. The Basilica of San Vitale is among the most important monuments of early Christian art in Italy, above all for the splendour of its mosaics. The floor is kept dry by pumps since it is below the level of the water table.

Empress Teodora: The labyrinth of the soul

In the floor of the presbytery there is a labyrinth represented on one side of the octagonal floor. Small arrows start at the centre of the maze and lead towards the centre of the basilica. In the early years of Christianity the maze was often a symbol of sin and the way to purification. Finding the way out of the maze was the act of rebirth. Once the route through the maze in the floor of San Vitale has been followed, the eyes may be lifted towards the altar where the beautiful mosaics can be contemplated.


Address: Via Fiandrini Benedetto - RA - Locality Ravenna
Phone number: 0544 541688


Week-day timetable:
9.30 - 17 ticket office closes at 16.45

Weekend timetable:
9.30 - 17 ticket office closes at 16.45

How to get there
Pedestrian area, central zone, bus stop at 200 mt (Piazza Baracca), lines 1, car park, accessible to disabled people.
Close to Mausoleum of Galla Placidia and National Museum

The ticket office is set on the main entrance of Basilica of San Vitale


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