CHURCH OF SAN VITALE
This octagonal basilica, consecrated in 548 by Archbishop Maximian, is among the most important monuments of early Christian art in Italy. Not only for the splendor of its mosaics, but also to how the influences blend of oriental art, architecture and decoration, the Western tradition.
The mosaics are the stars of the Basilica, starting from the magnificent representations of the court of Emperor Justinian and his wife Theodora, but the magic of San Vitale does not stop there. Just look for example at the floor, where you can see a series of concentric circles with arrows: it is a maze, often present in Christian churches, and a symbol of the output path from sin toward purification. If you want to try to get out of the labyrinth, we give you a little help: it starts from the center, to discover the rest of you.