Ravenna converted to Christianity in the 100s and many martyrs were made here before the Edict of Milan in 313 officially ended Christian persecution. The martyrdom of Vitalis led to the building of an early Christian church over the spot of his live burial for the faith. Today, St. Vitalis Church contains the most resplendent mosaics in Western art. Ravenna is noted for the ancient Christian mosaics that are scattered around the city. I have seen churches far more vast and filled with spectacular treasures of art, but it was here at St. Vitalis that I felt as if I were standing on holy ground, in one of the earliest Christian churches with early Christian art on a place where those who came before us actually paid the price with their lives.