Italy - Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna

"Ravenna was the seat of the Roman Empire in the 5th century and then of Byzantine Italy until the 8th century. It has a unique collection of early Christian mosaics and monuments. All eight buildings – the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Neonian Baptistery, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, the Arian Baptistery, the Archiepiscopal Chapel, the Mausoleum of Theodoric, the Church of San Vitale and the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe – were constructed in the 5th and 6th centuries. They show great artistic skill, including a wonderful blend of Graeco-Roman tradition, Christian iconography and oriental and Western styles." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1 - Map of all 8 Monuments
Multi-view with map showing the location all the eight monuments of Ravenna. Thanks to Rita of Italy. Nice Italy flag stamp used.

Postcard 2 - Basilica of San Vitale
Basilica of San Vitale - one of eight monuments of Ravenna. Nice Italy Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics stamp used. Thanks to Elizabetta of Italy.

Postcard 3 - Basilica of San Apollinare
Basilica of San Apollinare. Postmarked in Ravenna, Italy. Nice Coliseum stamp used. Thanks to Jean Pierre of France who was visiting.

Postcard 4 - Mausoleum of Theoderic
Mausoleum of Theoderic. Sent from Ravenna, Italy on April 9, 2010 and arrived in Penang on April 21, 2010 - so mailing time was not affected by Icelandic volcano ash. Thanks again for this second postcard to Jean Pierre of France.

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