Dazzled by the stars in the Galla Placida Mausoleum, Ravenna

I‘ve already written about the amazing San Vitale Basilica in Ravenna, Italy. But another UNESCO Heritage site lies just across then lawn from that basilica – the Mausoleum of Galla Placida.

This mausolem was commissioned in 426 AD, by the Emperess Galla Placida.

Neveretheless, it would not be used for this purpose, since she died in the year 450 in Rome, where she was buried.

Thankfully for all of us, this masterpiece was created. This small building was constructed in the form of the Latin cross. It was envisioned as much taller than what we see today – what was ground level at the time is now 1.5 meters underground. Vistors now walk down steps to reach the mausoleum.

Once a visitors enters into the mausoleum and looks aroudn, he or she will be blinded by the beauty of the mosaics – and the star-studded ceiling of this mausoleum.

Mosaics cover every ince of the walls, arches, lunettes and the cupola.

Typical of the Byzantine art of the time is the triumph of eternal life over death, depicted masterfully by these mosaics.

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