Patterns in the Masoleum of Gallia Placida

by Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB

The ceiling in the Masoleum of Gallia Placidia in Ravenna, Italy, includes a dazzling display of stars, fruit and foliage.  The large stars are included in the portion of the ceiling that leads to the mosaic of the Good Shepherd.

Credit: Petar Milosevic - CC BY-SA 4.0


The symbols for the four evangelists are within the field of stars:





Incarnate Beauty also features the mosaic of St. Lawrence and his fire from the Mausoleum of Gallia Placidia.