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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 47 Attractions in Ravenna
Type: Cultural
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Liguria, Italy
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

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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138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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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47 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

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
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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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