Chiesa di San Michele in Africisco

Dating back to the 6th century, the construction of the small basilica of San Michele in Africisco was financed by banker Julius Argentarius (who had also contributed to the erection of San Vitale and Sant'Apollinare in Classe) and his relative Bacauda, as a votive offering to Archangel Michael. The church was dedicated by bishop Vittore on 7 May 545 AD and consecrated by archbishop Maximianus in 547. The term “Africisco” is probably connected to the antique region of Phrygia, in Asia Minor. At a local level, instead, the name identified the block where the church rose.