Byzantine civilization

Byzantine Civilization began “ by the end of 3rd century A. D. ” or 330 A. D. to be more exact. Byzantine Civilization entails “ works of art considered an expressionist interpretation of late Roman art”. Significance of San Vitale, Ravenna San Vitale is very significant because until today it is still intact. Aside from that, it reiterates the accomplishments of Emperor Justinian who played a major role in the “ First Byzantine Golden Age”. Significance of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul Hagia Sophia which is located in Istanbul is a church created by Constantine. It has been restored several times during the period of Byzantine Civilization. Hagia Sophia has been very significant as it is the “ most important monuments of the Byzantine Architecture” (Byzantine.. n. p. ). This extremely important landmark has a garden that surrounds the basilica and is composed of a hall, central room, as well as, a gallery. Furthermore, it is exceedingly large; in fact, it comes next to St. Peters, Duomo, and St. Pauls, thus making it the fourth-largest church. Significance of St. Mark’s, Venice St. Mark’s basilica is significant because this has been the shrine designed exclusively for the purpose of keeping the saint’s bones. Even though it caught fire before, the architects of the Byzantine period were able to successfully restore it making it eventually as one of the best monuments of Byzantine Civilization. In addition to that, it contributed greatly to civilization since its location is very strategic. This is evidenced by “ Venice’s unsurpassed position in trade with the East”.


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  3. The Columbia Encyclopedia. Byzantine Civilization. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005.