ARCHITECTURE: MAUSOLEUM OF GALLA PLACIDA - 425 - 50 A.D. Galla Placidia was daughter to Roman Emperor Theodosius I. Highly important Byzantine mausoleum - exquisitely preserved mosaic art inside. Brick surface so plain in comparison. Building laid out in a cruciform floor plan. Central dome on pendentives (permits placing of circular dome over square room) and barrel vaults over 4 transepts (parts that form arms of cross). Square tower rises above lateral wings. LOCATION: RAVENNA, ITALY
Basilica St Mary Major (Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore) My favorite church in Rome. The remains of the manger are on display here encased in gold and glass
The Lamb of God--mosaic
Moses Statue by Michelangelo, Rome, Italy. Located in St. Peters in Chains church. Michelangelo always thought he was liberating a figure from the marble block that was already in it. He certainly did a fabulous job with Moses.
SantaMariaMaggiore front.jpg The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is the largest church in Rome dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary