Only cumulative: S. Apollinare Nuovo, Neonian, S. Vitale, Galla Placidia, Arc Chapel and Museum. Red. 8.5 €. Free: up to 5 years, disabled, journalists, military escorts. From 01/03 to 15/06 supplement of € 2
until 31 March 9-17.30, from 1 April 9 to 19 the ticket office closes 15 minutes before
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Galla Placidia (386-452), the sister of Honorius, the Roman Emperor who moved the Capital of the western empire from Milan to Ravenna, built this little Latin cross plan Mausoleum around 425-450. It is famous today for the splendour of its mosaics. The exterior is very sober, contrasting with the magnificence of the interior decoration, the most ancient in Ravenna. Mosaics cover the walls of the vault, the lunettes and the cupola. The iconographic themes developed in the decorations represent the victory of eternal life over death.
The spell of the starry sky of Galla Placidia
The atmosphere of the Mausoleum of Gall Placidia is undoubtedly magical. On entering the small building, constructed in the form of a Latin cross, the visitor is struck by the sudden change from daylight to a created nocturnal ambience. The countless stars of the cupola have made a profound impression on the imagination and sensitivity of visitors to Ravenna. It is said that Cole Porter, while on his honeymoon in our city at the end of the 1920s, was so impressed by the mood and the stars of the small mausoleum that he wrote his famous Night and Day.
Fonte: redazione locale di Ravenna