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Rick Steves’ Europe: Art of the Early Middle Ages

Season 12 Episode 1205 | 25m 18s

After Rome’s fall, Europe’s Christians kept culture alive with art rooted in their deep faith. We visit sturdy Romanesque churches filled with art that reinforced the ruling order. Meanwhile, Europe was invigorated from the fringes: Byzantines to the East, with their dazzling mosaics; Spanish Muslims with their lush palaces; and fierce Vikings of the North—all part of Europe’s rich cultural stew.

Aired: 09/30/23
Distributed nationally by American Public Television
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