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Postcards from Ravenna
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Ravenna was inhabited by Umbrians, later occupied by the Etruscans, colonized by Rome in 2nd century B.C. and made the capital of the Western Empire in AD 402. The honor was short lived, the city was taken by the barbarian Ostrogoths in the 5th century and in 6th century it was conquered by the Byzantines, who were responsible for  Ravenna's most glorious era. Today, Ravenna is a quiet city of brick palaces, cobbled streets and  incomparable mosaics which have made it famous all over the world.
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Ravenna, Italy - Aerial view of the city
Ravenna - Panoramic view of the town
Ravenna, Italy - Galla Placidia's Mausoleum
Ravenna - Galla Placidia Mausoleum (Mosaics detail - The small doves are drinking)
Ravenna - Galla Placidia's Mausoleum (Mosaics - "Il buon Pastore")
Ravenna, Italy - Galla Placidia's Mausoleum (Mosaics)
Ravenna, Italy - The Basilica of St. Vitale
Ravenna, Italy - Aerial view of San Vitale Basilica
Ravenna - San Vitale Basilica (Interior)
Ravenna - Basilica di San Vitale
Ravenna - Basilica di San Vitale (The Emperor Justinian and his court)
Raveena - San Vitale Basilica (Empress Theodora with her court)
Ravenna, Italy - San Vitale Basilica (Empress Theodora with her court)
Ravenna, Italy - Basilica di San Vitale (Interior mosaics detail)
Ravenna, Italy - Basilica di San Vitale (Presbytery: The bust of Christ)
Ravenna, Italy - San Vitale Basilica (Presbytery: episodes of the Abraham's life)
Ravenna - St. Vitale Basilica (The Redeemer seating on the celestial globe)
Ravenna - Basilica di San Vitale (The Emperor Justinian - Detail)
Ravenna - San Vitale Basilica (The Empress Theodora - Mosaics detail)
Ravenna, Italy - St. Francis Basilica
Ravenna, Italy - St. Francis Basilica (the flooded crypt)
Ravenna, Italy - St. Francis Basilica (the flooded crypt)
Ravenna, Italy - The Basilica of St. Francis
Ravenna, Italy - Dante's Tomb
Ravenna, Italy - Dante's cript
Ravenna, Italy - The Basilica of S. Apollinare in Classe
Ravenna, Italy - Basilica of S. Apollinare in Classe (mosaics - view of the apse)
Ravenna, Italy - The Basilica of S. Apollinare in Classe (Interior)
Ravenna, Italy - The Basilica of S. Apollinare in Classe (mosaics detail)
Ravenna, Italy - The Basilica of S. Apollinare in Classe (interior)
Ravenna, Italy - Basilica of S. Apollinare in Classe (St. Michael - mosaic detail)
Ravenna, Italy - Piazza del Popolo
Ravenna, Italy - Piazza del Popolo
Ravenna, Italy - Piazza del Popolo
Ravenna, Italy - San Giovanni Evangelista Basilica
Ravenna, Italy - S. Agatha Church
Ravenna, Italy - The Archiepiscopal Museum and Chapel
Ravenna, Italy - The Archiepiscopal Chapel
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