lavishly decorated. The iconography used represents the victory of eternal life over death. Each visitor is only allowed inside for 5 minutes so as not to disturb the micro-climate inside but I think youâ€™ll agree this is something that is well worth looking after. The lower portion of the walls are lined in marble but the upper portion and all the ceiling is covered in the most beautiful of mosaics I have ever seen. A well as the light from a number of alabaster window panels (shown above and below), electric light was also being used but originally there would have been flickering lanterns, which would have made the gold in the mosaics twinkle. If you would like to know more about this building and the powerful woman who built it, Galla Placidia, the daughter of Emperor Theodosius I, there is an interesting video on the Smart History website. For further information including opening times visit Turismo.