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La Basilica di San’Apollinare Nuovo was our last stop in Ravenna.  Built way back in the early ADs by an Ostrogoth king, it was taken over by the Byzantium empire and some of the mosaics redone.  Where the lines of male and female saints are, were lines of Ostrogoth people with their king leading them.  These saints replaced them, and, if you look zoom into the palace mosaic, photo one, you can see where people were replaced by curtains because hands still appear on the columns.  But the Byzantium additions were not the only changes.  The altar style was modernized once upon a time, as seen in photo four, and, fun fact, people considered the altar to be so distasteful in comparison to the mosaics, that the altar was covered up with a fake altar, a backdrop covered the real altar until the late twentieth century.  But you have to admit, while both the mosaics and the altar are works of art, they clash horribly.  And then there were grapes growing out in the courtyard so I took a picture of them because they looked really yummy.  (taken 9.13.2014)

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