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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
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Half-day Walking Tour in Ravenna

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A true wonder

Galla Placidia was a remarkable woman and the mausoleum erected in her name is a truly remarkable building and piece of art. When you think her and understand that the only... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Nils H
Lund, Sweden
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Lund, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Galla Placidia was a remarkable woman and the mausoleum erected in her name is a truly remarkable building and piece of art. When you think her and understand that the only comparable matrimonial career in our days was the one of Alma Mahler-Gropius-Werfel, our passage in history pales quickly.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The mosaics have a dreamy quality and the blue starry sky is brilliant. However, the space was very small, stuffy and hot. Numbers were strictly limited, but still there were too many people jostling for space and trying to take photos.

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just another place with beautiful mosaics in Ravenna. Set in a small mausoleum, it is good to discover that Galla Placidia was a regent of the Roman empire. She was therefore one of the most influential women in those times. It would be good if a bit more of this historical background would be provided at the site.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Mausoleo di Galla Placidia was much plainer on the outside. But the interior had magnificent mosaic decoration and also three sarcophagi. Quite large and grand looking. The decorations in the vaulted ceilings were amazing – intricate and must have taken years of work to complete. The mosaic designs all tell stories that could take forever to tell and are... More 

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los angeles CALIfornia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I felt as though I were in a dream when I walked inside this building. The alabaster light and the mosaics made with deep cobalt blue with gold and purple and turquoise tiles are breathtaking. The ceiling is deep blue covered with gold stars. So beautiful it seems unreal. Worth a day trip if you are in Florence or Bologna... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit :) gorgeous place, and really awe-inspiring. The ceilings are majestic, although it will be brimming full of people.

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Pijnacker, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although Ravenna has many beautiful places to visit, this Mausoleo di Galla Placidia tops the bill. The mosaics in the Mausoleo are breathtakingly beautiful by the lights faling through the albasto windows. This place is certainly worth a detour when touring in Italy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just behind The Basilica of San Vitale the number of people allowed in at one time is limited due to the small space. Also the time you are allowed to stay in is limited. We had to wait about 5 minutes before we could enter. The tour groups stick to the allotted time allowed. The two of us stayed as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

truly incredible how beautiful the Byzantine mosaics are, and these are some of the best. So well preserved and closer to look at. Stunning!

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Ravenna is 'all about the mosaics', and rightly so. Adjacent San Vitale probably has the most 'spectacular' mosaics along with grand architecture, but the Mausoleo di Galla Placidia is the most engaging. It's small size, relative darkness and the closeness to the mosaics make it all the more enthralling. A peacefully place that must not be missed.

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