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Sant'Apollinare in Classe, Ravenna

smarthistory SAINT APOLLINARIS Bishop and Martyr (c. 2nd-3rd century) - Feast Day: 20 July St. Apollinaris was the first Bishop of Ravenna; he sat twenty years, and was crowned with martyrdom in … More
The Transfiguration in paradise
Dedicated by Maximian in May 549, the basilica in Classe served two principal purposes: first, to connect the faith of Ravenna to its apostolic origins through Apollinaris, whose tomb lay nearby; second, to convey an orthodox vision of Christ. It is by the apse mosaic that these two themes are most poignantly conveyed. The apse calotte is disposed in … More