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Byzantine Capital

Sant'Apollinare in Classe has a tall and wide nave with side aisles, supported on two dozen slender marble columns topped with Byzantine carved capitals. These are not ancient spoils, but a perfectly matched set made specifically for the church in the 6th-century imperial workshop of Proconnesos. The beautiful capitals are known as the "butterfly" or "leaves blown by the wind" type.

Photo © Holly Hayes.

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