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Mausoleum of Galla Placidia

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Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
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Mausoleo di Galla Placidia
Ancient Rome
400AD - 499AD
Ravenna, Rimini, Bologna,
The Surgeon’s House - Rimini, Arch of Augustus - Rimini ,
Rimini Roman Amphitheatre, Tiberius Bridge - Rimini,

Mausoleum of Galla Placidia history

The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia is an early 5th century Christian chapel in Ravenna that is thought to have been commissioned by Roman Empress Galla Placidia and, until recently, was believed to house her tomb.

Galla Placidia was the daughter of the Roman Emperor Theodosius I and a major player in the politics of the Western Roman Empire in the first half of the fifth century AD. She was also one-time regent of the Western Empire.

Known for its stunning early- Byzantine style mosaics, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia is a hidden gem which delights and surprises visitors with its remarkable artistry. The eye-catching mosaics adorn the floors, ceilings and walls and include the ‘cupola’, a striking mosaic of the night sky. All this in a tiny building which, from the outside, is rather unassuming.

Inside the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia are three tombs which folklore stated contained the remains of Galla Placidia herself, Emperor Constantius III and either Emperor Valentinian III or Emperor Honorius. However, modern historians doubt these claims and they are not generally accepted.

Along with other early Christian sites in Ravenna, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia is a UNESCO World Heritage site.



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Address: Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Via Galla Placidia, Ravenna, Italy

Phone: 0544 541688

visitor information

Directions to Mausoleum of Galla Placidia:
Public Transport: Take the train to Ravenna station and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia is about a mile from the station. You can also get a bus from the station to the Piazza Baracca which is close to the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia.

Mausoleum of Galla Placidia opening times and ticket prices:
Open daily 9am-5.30pm. Adults €8.50; Children (10 or under) Free; Tickets include entry to a number of sites in Ravenna: Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, San Apollinare Nuovo, Neonian Baptistery, San Vitale.


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