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The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia (5th century)
A UNESCO World Heritage Site built in honor of Holy Roman Empress Galla Placidia, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna hosts a series of brightly colored mosaics that give the interior of the building a shining and otherworldly look. Here we see a detail of the “Garden of Eden” mosaic, an abstract representation of the biblical creation story, featuring golden stars over a dark blue background. The beauty of this mosaic and others contained inside the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia allegedly inspired singer Cole Porter’s song “Night and Day.”

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