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Mosaics of Ravenna

In a fortunate twist of fate, Ravenna, Italy and its wealth of 5th & 6th century artwork and architecture, was spared destruction during World War II. The military significance which fueled its growth centuries before was absent as the Allied Forces pushed north through Italy in 1943 and 1944. Unlike many other beautiful and historic Italian cities, Ravenna escaped the bombings which leveled others and destroyed their priceless historic buildings.

Ravenna is located between Venice and Rimini near the Adriatic Sea in north eastern Italy.

In Ravenna we are able to view rare Byzantine mosaics unique in their quality, variety and size. Here are but a few examples of those mosaics surviving today.


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Basilica of Saint Vitale #1
Basilica of Saint Vitale #1
Basilica of Saint Vitale #1 (detail)
Basilica of Saint Vitale #1 (detail)
Basilica of Saint Vitale, ceiling
Basilica of Saint Vitale, ceiling
Basilica of Saint Vitale, ceiling (detail 1)
Basilica of Saint Vitale, ceiling (detail 1)
Basilica of Saint Vitale, ceiling (detail 2)
Basilica of Saint Vitale, ceiling (detail 2)
Basilica of Saint Vitale, nave dome
Basilica of Saint Vitale, nave dome
Basilica of Saint Vitale, nave dome (detail)
Basilica of Saint Vitale, nave dome (detail)
Basilica of Saint Vitale #2
Basilica of Saint Vitale #2
Galla Placidia Mausoleum
Galla Placidia Mausoleum
Galla Placidia Mausoleum, ceiling (detail 1)
Galla Placidia Mausoleum, ceiling (detail 1)
Galla Placidia Mausoleum
Galla Placidia Mausoleum
The Basilica of Saint Apollinare Nuovo
The Basilica of Saint Apollinare Nuovo
The Basilica of Saint Apollinare Nuovo (detail)
The Basilica of Saint Apollinare Nuovo (detail)
The Basilica of Saint Apollinare Nuovo (ceiling detail)
The Basilica of Saint Apollinare Nuovo (ceiling detail)