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The peaceful and well proportioned space of San Vitale, recently reopened after extensive restoration.  This is one of the very early Christian churches, which has experienced the significant rise in street levels over the centuries so that now it is well below the level of the "brutta" (=unattractive +) Via Nazionale.  You would not make a special trip to see it, but it's on the way between several better known places, and is certainly worth dropping in to en route.  The single aisle timber roofed basilica space is beautifully proportioned, and gives one a feel for what a Roman basilica and several of the early churches must have felt like.

 

 

 

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