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Mausoleum Galla Placida, Ravenna: 24 reviews and 59 photos

  Mausoleo di Galla Placidia - Apr 2010
by MM212
  • Mausoleo di Galla Placidia - Apr 2010 - Ravenna
      Mausoleo di Galla Placidia - Apr 2010
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  • Mosaics in the interior - Ravenna
      Mosaics in the interior
    by MM212

One of Ravenna's foremost monuments, this red-brick structure, built in 430 AD on a Greek-cross plan, is known as the Mausoleum of Empress Galla Placidia. She was the daughter of the Roman Emperor Theodosius I, and she herself became the de facto ruler of the Western Roman Empire from 425 until 437 AD, while her Emperor son Valentinian III was a child. Although tradition claims that she was buried in this mausoleum, there has never been any historic proof of such claim. In fact she died in Rome and was probably buried there with the rest of her family. She did commission the construction of this small, but magnificent structure, along with the non-extant church of Santa Croce. The two were attached and some historians believe the mausoleum was built as a chapel within the church rather than a mausoleum. Although modest on the outside, the mausoleum is covered in exquisite mosaics on the inside (see next tip). It is located next to the Basilica of San Vitale and is one of eight monuments in the Ravenna area listed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

For detailed photos of the mosaics, check out the travelogue: "Mosaics of the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia."

Address: Via Benedetto Fiandrini
Phone: 0544 541688

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