Justinian, Basilica di San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy
Towards the end of the Roman Empire, the capital of the Western part of the Empire was moved from Rome to Ravenna, in northern Italy. That’s why the city features one of the most important collections of Byzantine art in the Mediterranean. This mosaic depicting Emperor Justianus I inside Ravenna’s Basilica of San Vitale, created to celebrate his victory against the Goths, is a testament to the connection between religious and political power during the late days of the Roman Empire.
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