Thursday, November 21, 2019

Ravenna: The City of Mosaics

Among the top attractions in Ravenna are
Mausoleum of Galla Placidia 
Basilica of the San Vitale

These two locations are side by side 
and set in a charming pedestrian friendly city. 

Piazza del Popolo is a great central point. 

And fortunately for us 
we did not encounter large crowds 
from the nearby cruise port. 
(TIP: Cruise schedules are public, 
check timings before you go.)

Dante's Tomb

The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia 
was built in the 5th century 
and thankfully survives today! 

The rather mundane exterior masks the surprise 
that awaits within.

Inside the little mausoleum, 
which is no longer used as such, 
is magical.  

Note the Alabaster Window

The mosaics here are all tiny pieces of colored glass 
creating breathe taking scenes. 
It is like standing under a brilliant starry night sky. 

Mosaic Street Signs 

The mosaic theme runs through the whole town. 
I have never seen more beautiful street signs. 

Mosaic Building Ornaments

There is an artisan near the mausoleum 
that makes mosaic pieces.  
I really wanted to buy something, 
but those darn siestas...he was closed. 

Basilica of the San Vitale

A path from the mausoleum leads you to 
the Basilica of the San Vitale which is known for its 
Christian Byzantine art and architecture. 
This was built in the 6th century. 

Basilica of the San Vitale

Another enchanting place,  
with so many angles 
that every point offers you a new view. 
I could have spent hours here. 

Basilica of the San Vitale

The mosaic theme continues throughout the interior. 

Basilica of the San Vitale

But there is so much more. 

Basilica of the San Vitale

Sadly Ravenna was just a brief day trip for us. 
But you could easily spend more time here. 
However, it is just enough if you'd like a taste of the mosaics.  

Ancient Franciscan Cloisters

I have more photos of the mausoleum, basilica, and around the city here

We had lunch at,
and would recommend, 
Ristorante Ca' de Ven. 

1 comment:

Tamar SB said...

I just cannot get over that amazing architecture!!