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Ravenna. Mausoleo di Gala Placidia

Galla Placidia (386 - 450 AD), sister of the Roman Emperor Honorius who had transferred the Capital of the Western Empire from Milan to Ravenna in 402 AD, built this little Mausoleum with a Latin cross plan around 425-450 as her own resting place. However, the mausoleum was never used for that purpose, because the empress died and was buried in Rome in 450.he outside of the building is very sober compared to the magnificence of the inside, decorated with mosaics made even brighter by the golden light filtering through the alabaster windows. The lower surfaces of the interior are covered with marble slabs, while the upper part of the building – including the walls of the vault, the lunettes, and the cupola - is entirely decorated with mosaics. The atmosphere of the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia is undoubtedly magical. The countless stars of the cupola have deeply stirred the imagination of many visitors of Ravenna, for instance, Cole Porter who, during his honeymoon in the city, was so impressed by the starry sky of the small mausoleum that he wrote his famous song Night and Day.

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Tom LeRoy17-Apr-2020 12:01
These ceilings are absolutely amazing! Great capture, Jose! V
Julie Oldfield16-Apr-2020 00:28
Great capture of the detail. V
Anna & Christian RECK15-Apr-2020 18:54
These are real masterpieces!!!BV. Anna
Jeff Real15-Apr-2020 17:11
Perfectly composed and the beauty of this is very special!
Anitta15-Apr-2020 17:05
Beautiful work, Jose! V
Tom Munson15-Apr-2020 16:29
Amazing ceiling, Jose. Nice shot.
Walter Otto Koenig15-Apr-2020 16:20
Beautiful decorations on this ceiling. Nice perspective. "V"
Hank Vander Velde15-Apr-2020 15:53
A beautiful well composed image.
bill friedlander15-Apr-2020 15:27
Wonderful art work. The ceiling looks like snowflakes falling from heaven. V
Nestor Derkach15-Apr-2020 15:18
Amazing art captured the old artists were amazing not only with there work but making there own art pigment.
Kuriacose Joseph15-Apr-2020 15:08
So much detail in the work!
Pierre Martin15-Apr-2020 12:51
very colored that beautiful ceiling!
Neil Marcus15-Apr-2020 11:53
A well taken detail. "V"
Graeme15-Apr-2020 11:03
What an amazing ceiling, Jose.V!!
André Rivard15-Apr-2020 08:10
Ika Zinka Eferl15-Apr-2020 07:53
WOW, masterfully photographed! V
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal15-Apr-2020 06:37
Fantastic shot of this beautiful ceiling. V
Helen Betts15-Apr-2020 04:03
Spectacular ceiling, and a fine capture of it. V.
Gill Kopy15-Apr-2020 03:41
Wow - what amazing mosaic work ! this is so lovely - and very nicely captured V
Nirvan Hope15-Apr-2020 03:39
A spectacular ceiling.
Charlene Ambrose15-Apr-2020 03:32
Quite an interesting pattern on this ceiling. Almost looks like it could be on a rug. V
Liz Bickel15-Apr-2020 03:13
Lovely capture. Just as it is in real life. I didn't realize that Cole Porter got inspiration from these mosaics, but I can see it. Very nicely done image.
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