"Ravenna - A Byzantine Centre" Ravenna by MarvintheMartian
Ravenna Travel Guide: 398 reviews and 1,216 photos
Ravenna's moment of geopolitical superstardon came, and went 14 centuries ago, when Justinian and Theodora, rulers of the Byzantine Empire, made Ravenna the centre of their attempt to restore order to the anarchic west. They were not successful, but Ravenna remained the seat of the Exarchs of Byzantine Italy for two centuries, and the artistic legacy of the period includes the most important examples of Byzantine art outside Istanbul.
This area has some of the most incredible Mosaics in Europe. I have included a few pictures in these pages.
This one is in the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia behind the Basilica di San Vitale.
Ravenna is currently a small town offering some of the world's most inspiring mosaics, beautiful churhces, Dante's bones, and access to a variety of beaches on the Adriatic coast - most notably in Rimini.
- Pros:Much history, art and interesting building
- Cons:Check opening times - this is a small town!
- In a nutshell:Even if you're not interested in the religous or historical aspects, this is still fascinating and beautiful
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Another Nave view of the many Saints approaching Mary and Jesus with gifts. more travel advice
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