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Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe

 

 

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Ravenna was important to the Roman Empire because of its nearby port at Classis, which had been built by the Emperor Augustus (below left - this is modelled on a statue of Augustus originally in Livia's Villa (Prima Porta, Rome) and now in the Vatican Museum) as the main Adriatic port for the Roman navy.  Nowadays there is nothing of significance left except the magnificent Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe which was consecrated in 549, but it's worth the journey just to experience the uplifting quality of the space inside the basilica.   

 

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