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Mausoleo di Galla Placidia

Via San Vitale, 48121 Ravenna, Italy
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Ranked #2 of 49 Attractions in Ravenna
Traveler Description: Galla Placidia (386-452), sister of Honorius, the Roman emperor who in 402 moved the capital of the Western Empire from Milan to Ravenna built around... more »
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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Oldest and most precious mosaics, prior to 450 AD. In astounding condition, with gorgeous blue starry ceiling. These, and the ones in Basilia di San Vitale, are amazing, and considering they average 1500 years old, quite astounding.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

To stand in the glow of the light filtered by the alabaster windows and see the beautiful mosaics it seems impossible that man created this. Sadly it can become crowded and the custodian will try to limit your time to absorb the wonder of this place.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The small size of this place belies its impact. The colours, the images are wonderful to contemplate. It is overshadowed by the larger basilica nearby but is wonderful in its own right.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Small but elaborate and incredibly well-preserved Byzantine-era mosaics, just at the rear of Basilica di San Vitale. Make sure you buy the all-in-one ticket.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

Galla Placida was the sister of the last emperor of Rome. The colors are gorgeous and the mosaics in the mausoleum shine still these many centuries since they were laid. Well worth the visit.

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

It was amazing to stand in that little chapel and know that the mosaics, belonging to the late Roman period, were made at a time when England was sliding into the Dark Ages. The techniques are stunning - so carefully done that one has an impression of tapestries on the walls. And plenty of time just to stand and gaze... More

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new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A small, dun-colored brick structure hides a treasure. If you're used to thinking of early medieval art as heavy, dark, and somber, this will turn your world upside down. Maybe the only place in the world where you can see Byzantine and early Christian art as it was meant to be seen, minus centuries of soot and bad restoration, in... More

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Cupertino, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

As you climb into this very small mausoleum, you stop and stare at the amount of light generated out of a place in the dark. I stayed in here almost as long as I stayed in the Basilica-be sure to read before hand about each of the mosaics and what they represent. There is an incredible amount of symbolism in... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

A very short walk from the Basilica San Vitale you enter a somewhat nondescript building and, surprise, if you haven't researched this gem. Wonderful mosaics in vibrant colors, predominately blue. I didn't find a need to know a tremendous amount of the history or religious significance of what I was looking at. I just enjoyed soaking in this marvelous display... More

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Madrid, Spain
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

As an Art History student, I spent lost of hours reading about this place. But being there is just unbelievable. The golden shine of the mosaics with the tones of blue are just wonderful. It felt like being inside a jeweler.

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