Mosaic Art

5 Beautiful Mosaics You Never Knew Existed

(3 min read) For lovers of culture and travel, historical art around the world is a huge attraction, from the gorgeous renaissance arts of Florence, Italy, to the awe-striking murals of Michelangelo. However, some globe-trotters overlook one of the most beautiful, culture-rich art forms of all, the Mosaic Art.

Here are some of the most enchanting (and surprisingly unknown) Mosaic artworks around the world that you’ll be sure to want to scribble on your bucket list!

1. The biblical beauty of Ravenna, Italy

Dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries, at a time when Ravenna was at the heart of the Western Roman Empire. The cities trademark murals have much more than history to offer. Situated in three churches, the Basilica of Sant’ Apollinare Nuovo, the Sant’ Apollinare in Classe and the Basilica of San Vitale look proudly out over their heritage-rich city depicting biblical scenes. This striking, haunting mosaic artwork has secured a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Procession Of The Saints Mosaic Art
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Madonna and Child Between Angels Mosaic Artwork

2. The Playful Colours Of Parc Güell, Barcelona, Spain

One of Antoni Gaudi’s hypnotic works is Parc Güell, an example of the mastery of mosaic crafts. Overlooking the bustling city of Barcelona, Spain. The early 20th century artist designed the park, with the bold and winding tile murals, spacious terraces and exquisite mosaicked fountains. An intricately abstract and colourful fusion of pattern and shape serve as public benches and walls, concluding with a mesmerizing tile dragon at the base of the stairs.

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3. New York City Subway, New York, USA

The emergence of mosaic wall art in city subways was thanks to architect and artist Squire Vickers in the early 20th century, who committed to making the busy, fast-paced walkways a little more beautiful. Over 226 artworks of varying genres can be found in NY subway today, reminding us to slow down and absorb the beauty of the everyday every once in a while. 

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Artist: William Wegman; 23rd street subway station
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4. La Maison Picassiette, Chartres, France

The uniquely embellished little cottage; La Maison Picassiette in Chartres, France was constructed with the love and dedication of Raymond Isidore between 1938 and 1964, who adorned his home with thousands of pieces of ceramic tile. The quaint yet striking house welcomes 30,000 visitors per year to admire the endearing mosaic artwork.

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5. The Cosmati Pavement, Westminster Abbey, London, UK

Westminister Abbey in London, UK is known for its grand stature and variety of historical art and The Cosmati Pavement is no exception, the vast 24sqft floor depicting the demise of the universe was constructed in the 13th century with the rarest glass, gemstones and marble; inspired by the Pope’s Roman décor. ‘Cosmati’ comes from the name of a famous Roman family renowned for their sculpture, architecture and geometric floor mosaics. 

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  1. Raluca
    March 27, 2019 at 9:34 am

    I’ve visited the Guell and Westminster ones but had no idea about the dogs, they look amazing too!

  2. Taryn
    March 27, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Love these places. Such a beautiful way to blend art and architecture.

    Love Barcelona and its architecture, and I couldn’t believe some mosaics remained when I visited Pompeii in Italy.

    • March 27, 2019 at 11:57 am

      I’ve never been to Pompeii but i’ve heard so much about its remaining mosaics, can’t wait to see it in person.

  3. Stacie
    March 27, 2019 at 11:38 am

    I absolutely adore mosaic art. It has the quality about it that no other art form has. It’s the feel of the sum equally far more than the parts.

  4. Cristina Petrin
    March 27, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Ravenna has incredible mosaics from the Byzantine era that take your breath away!

  5. Caitlin + Dani
    March 27, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    These mosaics are amazing. We love the colorful ones from Spain.

  6. wander women abroad
    March 27, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    The photos of weimarainers makes my heart swell.I have one sleeping next to me a we speak haha

  7. leah
    March 27, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    the animal ones kill me, so funny but so creative!

  8. Everything Mummy
    March 27, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    wow they’re incredible aren’t they! I’ve the Westminster Abbey and Barcelona ones – love the dogs they’re so cool!

  9. Michael
    March 27, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Wow. Great list you have here. especially the outside of a cathedral like structure. I won’t know that it is a mosaic if I have not read the title.

  10. Beth Pierce
    March 27, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    I love all the details in the artwork; it’s very spectacular! The dogs are so real looking too!

  11. Sara Welch
    March 27, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    I would love to see any one of these; they must have taken ages to complete. Just beautiful!

  12. Danielle Wolter
    March 27, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    those ones in france look incredible! it’s just so gorgeous. I also love the dog portraits. such talent.

  13. Tara Pittman
    March 27, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    These are amazing works of art. I love that a house is made out of mosaics.

  14. Shannon
    March 27, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Such a great read! Thanks for sharing all your knowledge. Those dog photos are amazing, haha. Love it

  15. Brittany Charnley
    March 27, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Wow! I love mosaics so much! These are so beautiful and colorful!!! Very cool.

  16. Nikki
    March 27, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    I am SO INSPIRED! Not only do I want to hop on a plane and visit all of these places right now, but I am also so curious how long it would take me to make a smaller version to keep in my home!

  17. Samantha
    March 27, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    I have seen Westminster Abbey and I loved it! The dog ones are my fav!

  18. Amy Smith
    March 27, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Wow.. I want to see the last one in person! I guess I need to schedule a trip to London sometime!

  19. Tara
    March 27, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    The NY subway does have some interesting art. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to see some of these in person when qe visit spain.

  20. Erin
    March 27, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    All of these are breathtaking. There is something so special about mosaics, I love looking at them!

  21. Shubh
    March 28, 2019 at 2:48 am

    I wonder how much of time you must have spent in finding out these amazing pieces. Dog art is intriguing. I specifically liked the work in France which is very fascinating.

  22. Sundeep
    March 28, 2019 at 3:29 am

    I would love to see all these mosaics art. Thanks for sharing. The subway art is looking outstanding. I already bookmarked this post

    • March 28, 2019 at 10:23 am

      Yeah the William Wegman reproductions are my favorite, so cool.

  23. Gervin Khan
    March 28, 2019 at 4:12 am

    This is so marvelous and very mesmerizing. I love architecture and this is one of the best that I’ve encounter so far. Each design is so detail and alive.

  24. kumamonjeng
    March 28, 2019 at 4:49 am

    I didn’t know all of them but I knew Antoni Gaudi’s mosaic artwork. I was in Barcelona last December and pay a visit to some of his art houses. Wow, I can tell you the queue is so long.

    • March 28, 2019 at 10:21 am

      I know! I was there two years ago, loved it!

  25. shelby
    March 28, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Wow! I love the mosaics with the dogs! Very fun and unique!

  26. alison netzer
    March 28, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Shoot now I have a bucket list of mosaics on top of my bucket list of travel destinations. These are beautiful. I have seen the ones in Barcelona, but not the others listed. Thank you for sharing

  27. Samantha
    March 28, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Such amazing work! Each one is so stunning! Love this! Thanks for sharing these 🙂

  28. Samantha
    March 28, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Such amazing work! Each one is so stunning and special! Love this! Thanks for sharing these 🙂

  29. katie davies
    March 28, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    how lovely to share this i love the subway mosaic the most

  30. Nisha Kurian
    March 28, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    wow, absolutely beautiful and unique mosaics artwork and construction! I love the dog one haha

  31. heather
    March 28, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    I’m such a mosaic lover. Just thinking about the amount of time and patience and planning it takes…

  32. HilLesha O'Nan
    March 28, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    #4 is simply gorgeous! It kind of reminds of the Geode Grotto in Jasper, Indiana that I visited last year, which is a tribute to the grottos in Lourdes, France.

    • March 29, 2019 at 8:57 am

      I’ve never seen the Geode Grotto before, I will check it out for sure. Thank you so much for the tip.

  33. Indu
    March 28, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Love your choice of five beautiful mosaics. Amazing photographs with detailed info.

  34. Tasha
    March 28, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    So much talent has gone into these. They’re absolutely gorgeous. I would love to visit some of these places one day to see them in real life.

  35. Yeah Lifestyle
    March 28, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Oh wow, these are absolutely stunning! Mosaic art is so beautiful and I love checking them out.

  36. Maggie
    March 28, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Wow! This is so amazing! So beautiful that I can’t take my eyes off of them. Thank you for sharing.

  37. Calleigh
    March 28, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    I love the color scheme of these mosaic pictures..

  38. Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    March 28, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    These mosaics look amazing. I can just imagine how beautiful they look in person.

  39. katia
    March 28, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    The only place I knew was Barcelona, the others are amazing too !!

  40. Purva
    March 28, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    All of these are so stunning! The New York one is unique in its own right. But I particularly love the one in France.

  41. danielle
    March 28, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    I have been to 4 out of 5 of these, wow…I am in shock haha. What’s funny is that I am American and the only one i’m missing is the NY one haha

    • March 29, 2019 at 8:56 am

      LMAO!!! This is so funny. Well, now you gotta score that perfect 5 and trust me it’s a must.

  42. Chelle Dizon
    March 28, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    These amazing work of art are really magnificent especially the dogs photo. Thank you so much for sharing a glimpse of these arts.

  43. Christa
    March 28, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    I LOVE NYC subway art. (I was born and raised there so I might be biased. lol.) I haven’t yet visited any of these other places, but any place that appreciates art is worth the trip.

    • March 29, 2019 at 8:54 am

      You’re not biased at all, NYC subway mosaics are GORGEOUS!!!

  44. Angie Scheie
    March 28, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Mosaics are such a cool form of art and I really haven’t seen that many in person. This is a great list and the dogs are my favorite!!

  45. Alexandra Cook
    March 29, 2019 at 1:59 am

    I have always loved this type of art. All the vibrant colors and artistic expression!

  46. Emmeline
    March 29, 2019 at 2:33 am

    Oh wow! I’ve been wanting to go to Barcelona for a long time but now I feel like I need to go visit all of these places!!

    • March 29, 2019 at 8:53 am

      If you haven’t been to Barcelona before you’re gonna LOVE IT!!

  47. Rebecca Sanchez
    March 29, 2019 at 4:04 am

    Wow, all of this mosaic artwork was gorgeous. It makes me want to go there and see them personally.

  48. Preet
    March 29, 2019 at 4:05 am

    The biblical place of Ravenna, Italy is one of the places I would love to visit! They look so cool!

  49. Rhonda Albom
    March 29, 2019 at 6:06 am

    We visited Parc Güell in 2012 and just loved it. The colours are so bright and the sculptures are so surreal. Love the rest of the pieces on your list.

    • March 29, 2019 at 8:53 am

      I went there a couple of years ago, didn’t wanna leave!

  50. Catherine Santiago Jose
    March 29, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Everything is amazingly beautiful but one catches my eyes and that was The Cosmati Pavement, Westminster Abbey in London, UK.

    • March 29, 2019 at 8:52 am

      Yeah this one is a must-see for sure but as you said, they’re all so beautiful.

  51. Melissa Dixon
    March 29, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Everything you have featured deserves a second look but I would most like to visit Ravenna, Italy and see that in person. What a beautiful sight that must be.

  52. Va Anne Rome
    March 29, 2019 at 9:24 am

    I just love how stunning that artwork. I wish I could go to those places and see them.

  53. Kami
    March 29, 2019 at 9:30 am

    I like the mosaic plus the colors. It was such an astonishing place.

  54. Kalyan Panja
    March 29, 2019 at 10:07 am

    I have a fascination with mosaic work and would love to visit these places and see them in person.

  55. Surekha Busa
    March 29, 2019 at 10:15 am

    I must agree, it is all beautiful. These mosaics are very detailed, too much patience is required to make these arts.

  56. Cindy Ingalls
    March 29, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    When you think about the amount of work that went into creating these pieces it is truly inspiring. I’m going to look for those dog murals next time I’m in NYC. I love Wegman’s work.

  57. David Elliott
    March 29, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Those mosaics in Spain look absolutely incredible. I know I would love to visit there someday.

  58. James Reid
    March 29, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Love the pavements in Westminster, but the dogs really blew me away – they are amazing. Will definitely try to make something with all the tiles from my kitchen!

  59. Janay
    March 29, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    These works of art are beautiful! I never seen them before thank you for sharing. I really enjoyed them

  60. Catherine
    March 30, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    The mosaic artwork is absolutely stunning. I wish they still put as much effort and intricacy today. Beautiful post..thanks for sharing!

  61. Bella
    March 30, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    We’re big fans of modern mosaic art especially when laid on sculptures! Great selection here x

  62. Jasmine Hewitt
    March 30, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    oh wow! pieces like these really make you appreciate the artistry behind mosaics!

  63. Becca Wilson
    March 31, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    These are all so very pretty. I love how mosiacs look and turn out! They are always so unique and fascinating.

  64. Sandra
    April 1, 2019 at 9:05 am

    I have always wondered how these mosaics have been made ever since the few centuries. I love how it speaks for the history of the place and the events of the place for itself. Lovely mosaics!

  65. Georgia Boanoro
    April 2, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Parc Güell is so wonderful, I love the mosaics and everything about it. The NY metro mosaics are truly inspiring and so fun.

  66. Bindu Thomas
    April 3, 2019 at 3:50 am

    These are amazing works of art. I wish I would visit there someday.

  67. Nati
    April 3, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    So many fantastic works of art in mosaic! I have visited all of them except the cottage in France, of which I didn’t know the existence!

  68. Nish
    April 4, 2019 at 6:30 am

    These mosaics are beyond breathtaking. I specially loved the dogs in New York. Thanks for sharing!

  69. Nancy
    April 4, 2019 at 10:22 am

    These mosaics are absolutely beautiful. I would love to see them in person, thanks for the list.

  70. Elle
    April 8, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I love different expressions of art. They really draw me in. These mosaics were completely fascinating works of art.