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Mausoleo di Galla Placidia

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Address: Via San Vitale, 48121, Ravenna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0544 541688
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Lavish, Colorful Mosaics

Galla Placidia's mausoleum dates back to the second quarter of the 5th century, and its mosaics have no trace of an eastern influence, as many others in Ravenna do. Instead, they... read more

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Galla Placidia's mausoleum dates back to the second quarter of the 5th century, and its mosaics have no trace of an eastern influence, as many others in Ravenna do. Instead, they were produced according to ancient Roman mosaics' techniques and style. Access to the mausoleum is through the Basilica di San Vitale, at the corner of Via Giuliano Argentario and... More 

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Somers Point, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I never expected, in such a small mausoleum, such an astounding array of mosaic art. WOW! The blue and gold colors capture the eye as do the artfully done designs. I was captivated. Here the mosaics are closer to eye level and one can study the techniques of the mosaicists. No flashes are allowed but I was able to get... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unlike some mosaics...high up on ceiling you need binoculars to see... this location is small, and the decoration is nothing short of amazing and since the spot is small, they are easy to see. Check the web photos.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The mausoleum of the Roman Empress-Regent Galla Placidia is small but perfectly formed. As with its neighbour San Vitale, it is covered in exquisite mosaics, though these are around 100 years older. Galla Placidia herself sounds a remarkable woman, although they suspect she was never buried here. Also like San Vitale it is covered in beautiful little touches, including windows... More 

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Sacile, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located behind Basilica di San Vitale, the mausoleum is a must visit. Amazing craftsmanship. Small but worth the visit.

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile

This is one of 5-6 sites in or near Ravenna that contain stunning 5th/6th century Byzantine influenced mosaics. After the fall of Rome Ravenna became the capital of the western remains of the empire. The mausoleum is very small, and the walls and ceiling are just covered with stars, blue and gold tile, animals (look for the doves and deer),... More 

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Ashland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Like the basilica (San Vitale) next door, this mausoleum is packed with beautiful, well-preserved, ancient mosaics. They are a feast for the eyes and should not be missed!

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

The mausoleum is small and in order to avoid humidity you are not allowed to stay for long. Worth going easy to enjoy it in peace.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

this small building has history and beauty. But read up on it in order to appreciate it. Recently some have said that it is not a mausoleum at all but an oratory. I don't know which but it stil is beautiful

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

This tiny mausoleum sits alongside the Basilica and is not to be missed. The barrel shaped vaults and domed ceiling are packed with the most exquisite mosaics. Look out for the drinking doves!

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