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Mausoleo di Galla Placidia

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Address: Via San Vitale | Via San Vitale, 48121 Ravenna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0544 541688
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amazing tilework on a small scale

This tiny mausoleum is also filled with tens of thousands of tiny tiles that form incredible mosaics. I think this small site has better mosaics than the San Vitale Basilica. the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

This tiny mausoleum is also filled with tens of thousands of tiny tiles that form incredible mosaics. I think this small site has better mosaics than the San Vitale Basilica. the colors are just amazing. Due to the environment you are limited to the length of time you can visit here (although nobody seemed to be enforcing it). A must... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

The Mausoleo di Galla Placidia is next to San Vitale and is included in the ticket. You might be tempted to skip past this little gem if you are in a hurry. It looks so small and plain from the outside. However, you will be amazed by the quality of the mosaics, just as you were at San Vitale next... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The Mausoleo di Galla Placidia is next to San Vitale and is included in the ticket price. Of course, you will go to see it and, or course, you will be amazed by the mosaics inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Don't let it's size fool you. There is a reason this the second best UNESCO site in Ravenna. San Vitale was my favorite but this is a close second. It is located on the grounds of San Vitale, so if you are in Ravenna, the top 2 sites are together and are part of a package ticket with the Archiepiscopal... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This is perhaps my favorite site in Ravenna. The tiny mausoleum was built for Galla Placidia, wife, mother and daughter of Emperors. The four evangelists are in the center of the dome. Alabaster windows give a golden light. The blue and rainbow Roman scrolls are brilliantly colored.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

As you leave the Bacilica San Vitalie the Museoleo is directly off the exit path. The exterior of the building is very unassuming - the interior glows with a deep blue and gold. The space is small so you can't really linger. On the otherhand, it's worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Do not miss this absolute gem! It is a tiny 4th century mausoleum with amazing mosaics. Not to be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I was fascinated by the contrast between the style and colors of the mosaics inside this tiny chapel and those in S. Vitale next door. My guide explained the historical relationship of the two sites and how the Galla Placidia site (not really her mausoleum, but a chapel she had built) represents an earlier, more classical style, not yet the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Brilliant mosaics cover the inside of this tiny building with the austere brick exterior. Several very famous mosaics, including the one of Christ as a shepherd in a gold toga. Very difficult to photograph unless you are very good. Can feel crowded if more than a few people get inside. But it won't take you long to see it all.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Located right next to San Vitale, this site has mosaics at least as beautiful. They are smaller but interesting and well executed. The symbolism is complex, so having a guidebook is helpful. We used the Rick Steves walking tour, which turned out to be more accurate and informative than a tour guide we heard trying to explain this site. The... More 

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Additional Information about Mausoleo di Galla Placidia

Address: Via San Vitale | Via San Vitale, 48121 Ravenna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0544 541688
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Emilia-Romagna  >  Province of Ravenna  >  Ravenna
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

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