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Mausoleo di Galla Placidia

Address: Via San Vitale | Via San Vitale, 48121 Ravenna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0544 541688
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Ranked #2 of 69 things to do in Ravenna
Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

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Florence, Italy
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127 reviews 127 reviews
31 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

A tiny jewel decorated with amazingly ancient mosaics, something unique to be found only in Ravenna. There is a combo ticket including other sites, all worth seeing and within walking distance from each other ... It's even very pleasant to stroll around in a place and meet locals who are very friendly and not burnt out because they see too... More 

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Armidale, Australia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Another awe inspiring and beautiful building and mosaics in Ravenna. Another place that must be visited!

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North Chicago, Illinois
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559 reviews 559 reviews
266 attraction reviews
396 helpful votes 396 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Done miss this small jewel. Even if you just look at the alabaster windows, it would be worth visiting. It is right behind the Basilica and part of the same property.

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Adelaide, Australia
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178 reviews 178 reviews
132 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This building is in the same complex as the Basilica di San Vitale and Museo Nazionale and houses more muted mosaics than those in the basilica. The mosaics in Galla Placidia are the oldest in Ravenna. The Galla Placidia was constructed for Galla Placidia who was the half-sister of Emperor Honorius who intiated construction of many of Ravenna's grandest buildings.

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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

very nice setting, need to know the story behind it in order to appreciate it in full, very fast visit (time-limited stay in it), logical continuation of the visit to San Vitale, also here splendid mosaics, if you travel in this area Ravenna is a logical stop and the combination San Vitale / Mausoleo di Galla Placidia becomes a must

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Annandale, Virginia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
17 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This mausoleo is a small, intimate place where you feel that you are just next to truly amazing mosaics which seem contemporary -- but then you realize that these are more than 1400 years old! Amazing artistry. Remarkable and evocative images. Gorgeous symbolism if you wish to contemplate symbols and allegories, but simply wonderful beauty if you don't want to... More 

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Liguria, Italy
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89 reviews 89 reviews
30 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

The Mausoleo is small and a little claustrophobic, but the mosaics are so incredible that one must stay inside and really enjoy them. Galla Placidia was some lady and it is worth reading about her in the guide books

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Nice, France
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208 reviews 208 reviews
35 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This mausoleum is a pure pleasure for the eyes. The mosaics covering the walls and ceilings are real masterpieces, very colourful and fresh as if they were made recently. If you have the chance to visit the place alone, take a moment to reflect upon the creativity and the genius of mankind of which this place is a great example.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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187 reviews 187 reviews
56 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Located in the courtyard behind San Vitale, the Mausoleo di Galla Placida is less well-known than the basilica, but in many ways offers a more direct experience of the famous mosaics. This is a restful, intimate space where it is possible to appreciate the artistry of the anonymous craftsmen up close. The alabaster windows cast a magical light over the... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

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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