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Italian comune
Official nameComune di Ravenna
ProvinceRavenna (RA)
MayorFabrizio Matteucci
Total Area252 sq mi (652.89 km2)
Total Population159.497 (31 march 2011)
Elevation13.1 ft (4 m)
Patron saintSaint Apollinaris
Saint dayJuly 23
Area code0544

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Ravenna -itraˈvennaIt-Ravenna.ogg (Romagnol: Ravêna) is the capital city of the Province of Ravenna in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy and the second largest comune in Italy by land area, although, at 652.89 km2 (252.1 sqmi), it is little more than half the size of the largest comune, Rome. Ravenna was the capital city of the Western Roman Empire from 402 until that empire collapsed in 476, leaving Constantinople as the only capital of the Roman world. Afterwards, it served as the capital of the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths. Later, the city formed the centre of the Byzantine Exarchate of Ravenna until the invasion of the Franks in 751, after which it then became the seat of the Kingdom of the Lombards.

Although an inland city, Ravenna is connected to the Adriatic Sea by the Candiano Canal. It is the location of eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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