Basilica of San Vitale World Heritage Site

Minor basilica in Ravenna, Italy

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Church of San Vitale
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The Church of San Vitale
AffiliationRoman Catholic
ProvinceArchdiocese of Ravenna-Cervia
Year consecrated547
LocationRavenna, Italy
Basilica of San Vitale is located in Italy
Basilica of San Vitale
Shown within Italy
Geographic coordinates44°25′12″N 12°11′46″E / 44.42°N 12.196°E / 44.42; 12.196Coordinates: 44°25′12″N 12°11′46″E / 44.42°N 12.196°E / 44.42; 12.196
Construction cost26,000 solidi
Official nameChurch of St. Vitale
Part ofEarly Christian Monuments of Ravenna
CriteriaCultural: (i), (ii), (iii), (iv)
Inscription1996 (20th session)
Area0.14 ha (0.35 acres)
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The Basilica of San Vitale is a late antique church in Ravenna, Italy. The 6th century church is an important surviving example of early Christian Byzantine art and architecture. It is one of eight structures in Ravenna inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Its foundational inscription describes the church as a basilica, though its centrally-planned design is not typical of the basilica form.[1] The Roman Catholic Church has designated the building a "basilica", an honorific title bestowed on exceptional church buildings of historic and ecclesial importance.

  1. ^ Nicholson, Oliver, ed. (2018), "basilica", The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity (online ed.), Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/acref/9780198662778.001.0001/acref-9780198662778-e-664, ISBN 978-0-19-866277-8, retrieved 2020-05-18

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