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From: Uniworld River Countess cruise review

Day 5: Ravenna (2)


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The first stop on our walking tour was the Basilica di San Vitale, a couple of blocks from the bus drop-off point. The church, which dates to the middle of the 6th Century, is world-famous for its mosaics.


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Most of the church's mosaics were created during the Byzantine period, nearly 1,500 years ago. (The mosaics are made of tiny pieces of colored or gilded glass called tessere.)


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The floors of the St. Vitale Basilica are made of marble tiles in different shapes and colors.


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After visiting the church, we went outside and followed a path to the Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, which is is even older than the Basilica di San Vitale.


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The mausoleum was built for the sister of a Roman Emperor who ended up dying (and being interred) elsewhere. It was constructed around 425 to 450 AD.


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The mausoleum's interior is decorated with mosaics from the middle of the First Millennium AD. (The bottom photo is an extreme close-up of blue and gilded tessere. Every tiny glass tile has its own unique shape.)


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Day-by-day River Countess cruise photos:
Day 1: Embarkation in Venice
Day 2: Venice
Day 3: Cruising to Chioggia, Padua
Day 4: Bologna
Day 5: Ravenna
Day 6: Verona
Day 7: Venice
Day 8: Disembarkation

Also see:
Uniworld River Countess cruise review
River Countess itinerary map
Venice Santa Marta pier (with map)
Venice for Cruisers