|Basilicia of Saint'Appollinare |
Today being the memorial of St. Apollinaris, I am posting some pictures of the two of the churches named for St. Apollinaris in the city of Ravenna, Italy. In 1999, while on a trip to Italy with my mom, we had the opportunity to visit these churches and view their magnificent mosaics. It is off the beaten path so it is not a popular tourist stop, but a must for anyone who is an art lover and interested in the almost lost art of mosaics. There are eight places in Ravenna listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Ravenna was the capital city of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century, and was greatly influenced by the Byzantine when in the 6th century Emperor Justinian I made Ravenna the seat of the Byzantine Empire in Italy.
The following are from Saint'Apollinarius in Classe.
|Baptism of Jesus|
|Interior of the basilica|
|Nave of Saint'Apollinarius Nuovo|
Despite the Cathedral being ultra modern in design, the tapestries show the influence of early Church art. As I have posted previously, I think we have lost something in today's modern world with regard to great relious art. Religious art was meant to catechize people and to lift their hearts to God. I think the mosaics of Ravenna are fine examples and I wish I had more room here to explore further the art work in these beautiful churches. If you are ever in Italy, it is worth the trip to see these and the other historic places in Ravenna.