Mausoleum of Galla Placida, Ravenna

Ravenna in Italy is a hotbed of early Christian art and architecture- especially mosaics. And one of the buildings that impresses visitors with its carpet like mosaic walls and ceilings is the Mausoleum of Galla Placida. It is said that the building was built by Galla Placida, the daughter of Emperor Theodosius (the last single unified ruler of Western and Eastern dominances) as her own mausoleum but that this did not happen as she was buried in Rome. There are three sarchopagi inside the building now attributed to her and her various kinsman but it almost seems like it could be anybody’s guess whose remains they actually are.

The main reason people visit the mausoleum is to get a glimpse of the rich mosaic artwork. I would like to say that I had the place all to myself when I visited. Unfortunately I was crushed by waves upon waves of school children who could not give two hoots for the monument or for the other tourists. Especially unfortunate as a number of other places in Ravenna were especially quiet.

Mosaic Lunette and Ceiling, Mausoleum of Galla Placida
Mosaic Lunette and Ceiling, Mausoleum of Galla Placida
Everything you see is mosaic
Everything you see is decorated in mosaic, Mausoleum of Galla Placida
Mausoleum of Galla Placida
Mausoleum of Galla Placida
Mausoleum of Galla Placida
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Detail of mosaic, Garden of Eden
Detail of mosaic, Garden of Eden, Mausoleum of Galla Placida
Mausoleum of Galla Placida
Mausoleum of Galla Placida
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7 Comments Add yours

  1. marilyneb says:

    One of my favourite places! It’s beautiful.

  2. Lav says:

    It’s so gorgeous!

  3. Nirmala says:

    Beautiful detail!

  4. Avi Sabavala says:

    thanks so much for sharing your travel experiences and good photos. I am planning a visit to Turkey in September. Any tips for me? My email is jodhpur58@yahoo.com Thanks

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Hi Avi, it really depends on the number of days you have in Turkey- it’s a big country and there’s plenty to see. A lot of folks just go to Istanbul and Capadoccia. If you have time however, Izmir is also worth a visit.

  5. Excellent pictures and great post!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks so much Valerie!

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