Notre-Dame: A Brief History

Notre-Dame de Paris, also called Notre-Dame Cathedral, cathedral church in Paris. It is the most famous of the Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages and is distinguished for its size, antiquity, and architectural interest. Notre-Dame lies at the eastern end of the Île de la Cité and was built on the ruins of two earlierContinue reading “Notre-Dame: A Brief History”

Ravenna Mosaics

Ravenna is the capital city of the Province of Ravenna, in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy. It is known for its well-preserved late Roman and Byzantine architecture, and has eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Back in Roman times Ravenna went by the name of Classe. It was an imperial port for the empire’s massiveContinue reading “Ravenna Mosaics”

The Colosseum

The Colosseum also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of travertine, tuff, and brick-faced concrete, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built. The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72, andContinue reading “The Colosseum”

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia, also called Church of the Holy Wisdom or Church of the Divine Wisdom, cathedral built at Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey) in the 6th century ce (532–537) under the direction of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I. By general consensus, it is the most important Byzantine structure and one of the world’s great monuments. TheContinue reading “Hagia Sophia”

Byzantine Art

Byzantine art is the term commonly used to describe the artistic products of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire) from about the 5th century until the fall of Constantinople in 1453. The term has also been used for the art of states which were contemporary with the Byzantine Empire and shared a common culture withContinue reading “Byzantine Art”

Comparison of the Greek and Roman Architecture

Rome was also deeply influenced by the art of the Hellenistic world, which had spread to southern Italy and Sicily through the Greek colonies there. Plutarch, writing in the 2nd century AD, wrote that before Rome’s conquest of Greek Syracuse in Sicily, ‘Rome neither had nor even knew of these refined things, nor was thereContinue reading “Comparison of the Greek and Roman Architecture”

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