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Mausoleo di Galla Placidia

Ravenna, Italy
0544-219-938
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Ranked #2 of 50 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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

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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Connecticut
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Mosaics literally glisten with their vibrancy,. Again visit during lunch to avoid long lines. Limited numbers are let in at a time.

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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26 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

When entering this mausoleum, you would want to write in your will to be interned there. The roof sparkles with amazing mosaic art work covering the whole roof. it was absolutely beautiful to experience, a must see when visiting Ravenna

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Fredericton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The look of this mausoleum is deceiving and contributes to the sensation of surprised wonder when you enter the building. The interior of the mausoleum is entirely covered with blue mosaics. Do not miss it!

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Maquoketa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The small mausoleum looks so plain on the outside but is just amazing inside. The story shown on the walls and ceiling done in mosaics is just breathtaking.

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Olomouc, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I was focus on St. Vital but have to say this mausoleo were even more impressive with its melancholic blue atmosphere. Small windows filled with alabaster making unique feeling of focus and self-reflection. St.Vital is huge and overwhelming and mausoleo is something completely opposite.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Just across the courtyard from the basilica di San Vitale is this tiny, humble looking mausoleum, with the oldest and to many, the most precious mosaics in Ravenna. Ninety five percent of the mosaics here are documented as originals, dating from the late Roman period, when Ravenna was capital of the Roman Empire. If you enjoy mosaics, then this is... More

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

One of most beautiful place in the world. Just avoid groups... even if they can stay for only 5 minutes, wait them off!

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The outside is a small brick building in a shape of the cross but the moment you enter you will see the most fantastic mosaics which are so bright and vivid in colours as though they were recently done and not in the 5th century. The cupola contains the most expressive part of the decoration. Set in the intense blue... More

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