Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ravenna

Ravenna, an easy hour-long train ride from Ferrara, is known for its early Christian mosaics. In fact, some say these mosaics, located at several places around town (combo ticket for sure) are the best collection of ancient mosaics anywhere, with most dating from the 5th and 6th century AD.

What was our impression? They were amazing. Sun-Ling suspects that many designs of Gustav Klimt and Charles Mackintosh were inspired by these works of art.

The Arian Baptistery featuring a Jesus (in the middle) with no beard.
Ravenna,  Emilia-Romagna, Italy

The Basilica di San Vitale, which is very Eastern in appearance is a real gem. Here are a bunch of shots. The green colors are amazing.
Ravenna,  Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Ravenna,  Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Ravenna,  Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Ravenna,  Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Ravenna,  Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Ravenna,  Emilia-Romagna, Italy

And the adjacent Mausoleum of Galla Placidia was very atmospheric due to its low ceiling. In fact they only let about 25 people in at a time - for 5 minutes only - to keep the humidity down.
Ravenna,  Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Ravenna,  Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Ravenna,  Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Ravenna,  Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Ravenna,  Emilia-Romagna, Italy

The exterior of the Basilica di San Vitale. Could be a mosque with minaret, no? Very Eastern.
Ravenna,  Emilia-Romagna, Italy

The Chapel of Sant'Andrea - Archiepiscopal Chapel. I see ducks and another beardless Jesus.
Ravenna,  Emilia-Romagna, Italy

And the adjoining Baptistery.
Ravenna,  Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Piazza del Popolo.
Ravenna,  Emilia-Romagna, Italy

We ate lunch at Verde Bio vegetarian restaurant - a tasty all you can eat buffet.
Ravenna,  Emilia-Romagna, Italy

And finally, Basilica di Sant'­Apollinare Nuovo.
Ravenna,  Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Ravenna,  Emilia-Romagna, Italy

The gift of the Magi. Love these guys. ;-)
Ravenna,  Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Ravenna,  Emilia-Romagna, Italy


2 comments:

Crash Eddy said...

How much human capital was expended to create all these mosaics? And so many of them!

Liz said...

The mosaics are beautiful!