The 6th century mosaics in the Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy, have been drawing pilgrims, art historians and lovers of beauty for nearly a millennium and a half. Description from culturetripper.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images
One of the greatest female rulers in history. Empress Theodora was joint ruler of the Byzantine Empire with Justinian I. She was a champion for women's rights instilling a death penalty for rape and giving women property rights. She was instrumental in making the empire a solid, sophisticated, strong force to be reckoned with.