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  • The magic of Ravenna lies in the Byzantine splendour which still lingers here and the remains of its ancient past, from when it represented a crossroads between the East and the West. The beauty of the mosaics for which the city is renowned throughout the world is a result of the extraordinary way in which they are made. Created from pieces of wood of varying shapes and materials together with gold ...
    © Josef Puchinger / age fotostock
  • Like all of the churches in Ravenna dating back to the Imperial, Ostrogothic, and Justinian periods, Sant'Apollinare Nuovo is decorated with marvellous and very colourful mosaics.
    © Josef Puchinger / age fotostock
  • The heritage in Ravenna is unique in the world when it comes to its Byzantine art. The photo shows the mosaic on the dome of the Neonian Bapistry
    © Josef Puchinger / age fotostock
  • This Basilica is mostly known for its mosaics, but it should also be noted for its gorgeously decorated interior, with its polychrome marble, stuccos, and sculpted capitals and coussinets.
    © Josef Puchinger / age fotostock
  • The church of Santa Maria Maggiore was built in Ravenna by bishop Ecclesio during the first few decades of the 6th century, and was rebuilt in 1671.
    © Josef Puchinger / age fotostock
  • Many historic buildings stand on this square. This photo shows the granite Venetian columns topped with the statues of Sant'Apollinare and San Vitale
    © Josef Puchinger / age fotostock
  • The mausoleum of Theodoric in Ravenna is the most famous of the Ostrogothic tombs. It was made from white Istrian marble by Theodoric in approximately 520 to be his future tomb.
    © Josef Puchinger / age fotostock
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Italy

The magic of Ravenna lies in the Byzantine splendour which still lingers here and the remains of its ancient past, from when it represented a crossroads between the East and the West. The beauty of the mosaics for which the city is renowned throughout the world is a result of the extraordinary way in which they are made. Created from pieces of wood of varying shapes and materials together with gold and mother-of-pearl, they have an uneven surface meaning that the light reflects off them, creating a fascinating effect. The very emblem of the mosaic itself is perhaps the representation of Theodora at the court next to the Emperor. If you're interested in taking a closer look, be sure to stop off at the Basilica of San Vitale. Not far from there you'll also find the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, home to various mosaic decorations of interest. However, there's more to Ravenna than just its art; its 22 miles of beaches also make it a popular seaside destination.

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