Posted by: debrakolkka | April 20, 2010

Mausoleo di Galla Placidia – Ravenna

Mausoleum of Galla Placidia

This small cruciform building was originally built for Galla Placidia, the half sister of Emperor Honorius, who was responsible for the construction of Ravenna’s  finest buildings.   She was apparently never buried there.  It was built in the second quarter of the 5th century.

The building is isolated behind the Basilica San Vitale and partially buried in the ground.  The exterior of the builing is very plain but it has some of the best preserved original mosiac decoration.  The light inside is filtered through alabaster windows which gives the interior dim, but sufficient light to see the beautiful mosiacs.  If you had to buried anywhere this would be a good spot.

inside Mausoleo di Galla Placidia

detail of the interior

the drinking doves

decorative motif with a Greek pattern

fruit and leaves


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