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Mausoleo di Galla Placidia

Ravenna, Italy
0544-219-938
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Ranked #1 of 44 attractions in Ravenna
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Northampton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The gilded mosaics, very Byzantine in style, are delicately executed and breathtaking, very powerful in their impact. A must see.

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

In the grounds of Basilica di San Vitale. Looks nothing from the outside, but beautiful mosaics on the ceiling. (part in scaffolding at the moment - March 2014)

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Photos do not do justice to the vibrant colors of the mosaics, and the details of the figures. Well worth a visit to this tiny mausoleum.

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Casa Grande, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We visited this small mausoleum right after the awe-inspiring Basilica San Vitale, and found this experience lovely, tranquil and contemplative. The crypt is adorned with spectacular mosaics, mostly in glittering midnight blue and gold, including shining stars in the 'sky'. The setting and peaceful designs are so appropriate for the subject area, and the art is almost close enough to... More

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Brighton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

I believe the beautiful mosaic ceiling inspired Cole Porter to write the song "Day and Night" when he visited the mausoleum on his honeymoon. The mausoleum is quite moving - I was entranced with the marble glass, not to mention the beautiful mosaics of the ceiling.

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Seattle
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Beautiful mosaics, beautiful colors. Don't miss this UNESCO world heritage site which is included on the 5 site combo ticket

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Mantua, Italy
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

This location in Ravenna is fascinating in absolute terms especially if you are able to be there around sunset in a clear sky day. At that point in time you shall walk along the street just outside the fence surrounding the San Vitale Basilica block (fantastic as for mosaics inside) that includes Mausoleo di Galla Placidia an d you will... More

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Merida, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

The building, architecture, and grounds are stunning, - BUT OH MY - the mosaics will dazzle and amaze you. Really a must see.

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Keynsham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

While about the smallest of the Ravenna sites, the (late Roman) mosaics in this mausoleum are so beautiful and intense it almost literally took my breath away. Standing next door to the equally impressive San Vitale basilica, this is an absolute must-see.

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northumberland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

One of several places on a combined ticket from the Tourist Information Office. The ceiling was apparently the inspiration for Cole porter writing 'Night and Day'.

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