Ravenna is the city of mosaics. In the past, this ancient cradle of art and culture was three times capital: first of the Western Roman Empire, then of the Reign of Theoderic, King of the Ostrogoths, and finally of the Byzantine Empire.
The historical buildings of Ravenna and especially the eight monuments included in the Unesco World Heritage List are the indelible traces of that glorious past of Ravenna.
Although it did not originate in Ravenna, the art of mosaic has reached its peak in this city. A Latin hexameter on the walls of the Archiepiscopal Chapel reminds us of its splendour: "Aut lux hic nata est aut capta hic libera regnat", which in translation means "Either light was born here or, if imprisoned here, it reigns free". Today, this ancient art form is perpetuated thanks to the activity of schools, workshops and numerous events spread throughout the year, such as the biennial RavennaMosaico. the First International Festival of Contemporary Mosaic.
Ravenna is Roman, Goth, Byzantine and Venetian, medieval and contemporary. It is a welcoming place, where cultural events meet prestigious international festivals. The rich programme of Ravenna Festival, the exhibitions of MAR (City Art Museum), its archaeological sites and the events organized every year for poet Dante Alighieri are just some examples of the importance of Ravenna as a new capital of art and culture.
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Last modified date: 26/04/2017