Mausoleum of Galla Placidia (2)

by Mikkal Noptek April. 08, 2014 2292 views

March ,2014

The building was formerly the oratory of the Church of the Holy Cross and now contains three sarcophagi. The largest sarcophagus was thought to contain the remains of Galla Placidia (died 450), daughter of the Roman Emperor Theodosius I. Her embalmed body was reportedly deposited there in a sitting position, clothed with the imperial mantle. In 1577, however, the contents of the sarcophagus were accidentally burned. The sarcophagus to the right is attributed to Galla's son, Emperor Valentinian III, or to her brother, Emperor Honorius. The one on the left is attributed to her husband, Emperor Constantius III.

Interior view, showing the southern lunette.
The building is not currently used as a mausoleum. It is unknown what the building was intended for when it was built. The most common story is that the structure was built by Galla Placidia, who was a well-known patron of the arts, to be used as a mausoleum for her and her family. There seems to be no evidence to prove or disprove Galla??s connection to the building. The mausoleum was once connected to the narthex of Santa Croce, the church for the imperial palace, built in 417 but now in ruins. Santa Croce was one of the first buildings commissioned by Galla. The floor has been raised by five feet since the fifth century in order to remain above the rising water along the upper Adriatic coast.

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Sadhya Rippon 6 years, 5 months ago

Beautiful images of a stunning building. I would love to see this in person.

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Agnes Felber 6 years, 5 months ago

Very good shots, I know how difficult the circumstances are in there to take photos!

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Dunja 6 years, 5 months ago

Excellent travail, chaque image est juste magnifique.

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Josy 6 years, 5 months ago

Les détails sont absolument magnifiques. Quelle splendeur !

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Finbarr 6 years, 5 months ago

Nice post !

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Clickpen 6 years, 5 months ago

Very Beautiful.

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Marilyn Grimble 6 years, 5 months ago

I'm not at all religous, but I love anything like this!
Beautifully depicted,

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