The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia (5th Century) - Ravenna Intorno

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The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia (5th Century) - Ravenna

interno - San Lorenzo
Address:
Via San Vitale - Ravenna
Opening hours: Weekday opening hours: from 15/03 to 30/09: 9.00 - 19.00 ticket office closed at 18.45 - Holiday opening hours: from 15/03 to 30/09: 9.00 - 19.00 ticket office closed at 18.45 - Closed: 25 December and 1 January
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Built around 425-450 A.D. by the same Galla Placidia - sister of the Emperor Honorius - responsible for the transfer in 402 A.D. of the capital of the Western Roman Empire from Milan to Ravenna, the mausoleum resides near the audacious structure of the Basilica of San Vitale.

Of all the monuments in Ravenna, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia offers perhaps the best example of architectural structure and mosaics, some of which show Christian symbolism of the Resurrection and the undisputed superiority of life over death.The mausoleum respects the impeccable manner of the Romanesque architectural canons, externally austere and sober (with its Latin cross plan) and inside rich with mosaic works of rare beauty that make this little UNESCO treasure one of the most beautiful monuments in the city.

Upon entering the mausoleum, it is impossible not to lose oneself in the nocturnal atmosphere generated by the splendid dome, where the cross, the symbol of the font of eternal life, stands at the centre of hundreds of gold stars, all supported by the weak and unnatural light filtering through the windows covered with translucent slabs of yellow alabaster. Many "victims" have been taken hostage by this emotional ensemble, among whom the most illustrious is the famous composer Cole Porter who, impressed by such beauty, composed the famous Night and Day.
Amongst the other mosaic masterpieces inside, it is impossible not to mention the bezel of the Good Shepherd, portraying the young Christ seated at the centre of a flock of sheep; the symbols of the four evangelists at the extremes of the central dome; the four deer that decorate the wall of the eastern wing; and the pair of doves drinking from the fonts of life in the western wing. All of these have become highly prized works in addition to the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia itself in the city of Ravenna.