The Exquisite Ravenna Mosaics

The Exquisite Ravenna Mosaics, Ravenna, Italy (B)

While I had heard of the Ravenna mosaics, I had no idea just what an amazing experience visiting them would be. They are among the most beautiful things I have ever seen and it is no wonder that these unique early Christian monuments are all listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. I was lucky enough to visit 4 of the 8 sites, in and around Ravenna, with the Emilia-Romagna tourist board.

In the 5th century, Ravenna was the capital of the Roman Empire and also of the Byzantine Italy that followed, right up until the 8th century. The stuning Ravenna mosaic masterpieces that follow were all built in the 5th and 6th centuries.

As was the tradition the exterior of the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia is rather plain and gave no clue to the wonders inside. As I passed through the doorway, my eyes slowly adjusted to the light and I caught my breath at the sight of the lavishly decorated interior made of thousands of pieces of coloured glass. The iconography used represents the victory of eternal life over death. Each visitor is only allowed 5 minutes so as not to disturb the micro-climate inside but I think you’ll agree this is something that is well worth looking after. The lower portion of the walls are lined in marble but the upper portion and all the ceiling is covered in the most beautiful of mosaics I have ever seen. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: The Exquisite Ravenna Mosaics
Guide Location: Italy » Ravenna
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Kathryn Burrington
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
  • Basilica of San Vitale
  • Basilica of Sant’ Apollinare Nuovo
  • The Arian Baptistry
  • Neonian Baptistery
  • Chapel of Sant’Andrea – Archiepiscopal Chapel
  • Mausoleum of Theoderic
  • Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe