The Procession of Virgins at Sant'Apollinare Nuovo: Detail, Saints Pelagia and Euphemia

6th century
Church of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna

The Procession of Virgins goes the length of the left wall of the nave, just above the columns. Each virgin saint carries her martyr's crown to present to the Virgin and Child enthroned at the east end of the mosaic. St. Euphemia of Chalcedon is the first of the virgins in the procession. Deliyannis (168) suggests this is because it was the Council of Chalcedon (A.D. 451) that condemned Arianism.

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Photographed at the church by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.