An extraordinary example of Byzantine architecture, the Basilica of Saint Vitale was built between 527 & 548.
Recognized for its beautiful Byzantine mosaics, the Basilica of Saint Vitale nave holds a surprise. The dramatic fresco in the dome is well preserved and extremely realistic in its appearance. The angels, flowers and clouds appear to float near an opening in a dome surrounded with ornate, seemingly three-dimensional decorations. The composition draws your eye through the dome and up towards heaven.
For a detailed view of this fresco, please see; http://www.pbase.com/jboard/image/48910708/original