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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 46 Attractions in Ravenna
Type: Cultural
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Type: Cultural
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

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North Chicago, Illinois
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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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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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11 helpful votes 11 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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39 helpful votes 39 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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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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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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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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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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