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“OMG the mosaics will dazzle you”

Mausoleo di Galla Placidia
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Merida, Mexico
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“OMG the mosaics will dazzle you”
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.

Visited September 2013
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Keynsham, England, United Kingdom
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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.

Visited October 2013
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“The ceiling”
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'.

Visited October 2013
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“It is in the eye of the beholder”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

Others point out the wonders of the ornamentation inside the mausoleum, and i agree. The builders used interesting material and effects--I enjoyed seeing the labyrinth mosaic pattern around the arch, and the translucent agates used as small "windows" --these are uncommon to see, used this way. The labyrinth mosaic has a vivid 3D effect that I discovered in phots I took. I'll post a few if you tell me where. The light in the mausoleum did not register as well in my eyes as it did in my digital camera, and i didn't really see the fine mosaic effects until reviewing the phots i took. The agate windows (someone elsewhere suggested they were alabaster, but the ones i saw had classic agate nodule patterning, wavy lines, in the translucent stone) show a real working lapidary knowldge of this beautiful form of quartz. We take polished agate for granted in the 21st century, but this stone is far harder than marble and most rock--it takes diamond saws and diamond paste polish to do it quickly. So hats off to the people who did this work for the mausoleum, it must have been a true labor of devotion, requiring many many hours, and a demonstration of wealth to include them in the mausoleum.

Here's a tip i learned from another sight-seer while visiting the mausoleum: bring binoculars! I was frustrated in trying to view the high parts of the mausoleum interior--the light iinside was dim, my eyes tired after an intense hour of visually exploring the basilica. A small set of opera glasses, bird watchers, or a monocular will help a lot in seeing the full offering in the mausoleum. I wish I had come equipped for the viewing conditions, having binoculars could only enhance views of the many overhead sights, in the mausoleum and elsewhere in Ravenna. I know of many light-weight models suitable for any type of travel. Close up views aren't just for photgraphers anymore!

Visited August 2013
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“Beautiful - don't miss it”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is an exquisite site. The only problem is that there is a time limit of 5 minutes for visiting. But worth the trip.

Visited October 2013
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