Architectural works (5th century, Italy)
by unknown architects

Never until the 17th century did church building flourish in Rome as it did in the century from 380 to 480. On one hand, there are four huge foundations of the Imperial and Papal courts: San Paolo fuori le mura, the Lateran Baptistery, Santa Maria Maggiore and San Stefano Rotondo. Alongside such monumental structures stand a dozen parish churches in the city, the suburbs, and on the great estates. By sheer number they determine the picture of 5th-century Christian Rome as much as the more ambitious imperial and papal foundations. Santa Sabina is a superb example, well preserved and well restored.

In AD 402 the western emperor Honorius (reg 395-423) transferred his residence from Milan to Ravenna. Ravenna's Early Christian monuments reveal a striking continuity of local tradition both in their forms and construction techniques, the walls being built of thick bricks and the vaults of terracotta tubes. The commonest church form in Ravenna is the simple basilica without galleries, which has its antecedents in 4th-century Italy. San Giovanni Evangelista, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Orthodox and Arian Baptisteries were built in the 5th century.

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490s
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Arian Baptistery, Ravenna

1300*953
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253 Kb



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490s
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Arian Baptistery, Ravenna

1049*1100
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243 Kb



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490s
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Arian Baptistery, Ravenna

1000*750
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140 Kb



Interior view
490s
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Arian Baptistery, Ravenna

1000*750
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249 Kb



Exterior view
425-50
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Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna

1200*951
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231 Kb



Exterior view
425-50
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Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna

1200*852
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215 Kb



Interior view
425-50
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Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna

774*1000
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234 Kb



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5th century
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San Giovanni Evangelista, Ravenna

1265*1600
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248 Kb



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400-50
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Orthodox Baptistery, Ravenna

901*1300
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251 Kb



Interior view
450s
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Orthodox Baptistery, Ravenna

841*1400
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241 Kb



Interior view
5th century
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Baptistery, San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome

906*1200
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211 Kb



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5th century
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Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

1300*938
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243 Kb



Interior view
5th century
Photo
Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

911*1000
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229 Kb



Exterior view
5th century
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Santo Stefano Rotondo, Rome

1600*835
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200 Kb



General view
5th century
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Santo Stefano Rotondo, Rome

1300*995
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252 Kb



Interior view
5th century
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Santo Stefano Rotondo, Rome

1800*639
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110 Kb



Exterior view
422-32
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Santa Sabina, Rome

1500*1121
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249 Kb



Interior view
422-32
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Santa Sabina, Rome

1200*821
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148 Kb



Interior view
422-32
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Santa Sabina, Rome

1600*879
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226 Kb



Interior view
422-32
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Santa Sabina, Rome

1600*883
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219 Kb



Exterior view
c. 400
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San Lorenzo Maggiore, Milan

1600*1200
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208 Kb



Exterior view
c. 400
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San Lorenzo Maggiore, Milan

1600*1046
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240 Kb



Exterior view
c. 400
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San Lorenzo Maggiore, Milan

1033*1400
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209 Kb



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c. 400
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San Lorenzo Maggiore, Milan

823*1400
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235 Kb



Interior view
c. 400
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San Lorenzo Maggiore, Milan

1063*1600
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206 Kb