Sant Apollinare in Classe, outskirts of Ravenna.
6th-7th century AD.
Very peaceful. Like stepping into another world.
The mosaic in the apse, shown before is an allegorical representation of the Transfiguration. It is hypnotic.
Right in the centre of the cross is an image of Christ, see detail above.
Funny, how the Christian imagination has almost always represented Christ in the same way–long, lean bearded face, piercing eyes.
|Robert Powell in Franco Zefferelli’s Jesus of Nazareth|
See also Byzantine Mosaics the Mausoleum of Galla Placida