Mausoleo di Teodorico - Ravenna
The Mausoleum of Teodorico
The Mausoleum of Theodoric is an unparalleled architectural episode: the massive structure, made of white stone, it is complemented by a monolith weighing 230 tons.
The imposing central plan tomb is the only monument of Ravenna entirely built of large square blocks of stone and laid dry.
Built by order of Theodoric himself around 520 A.D. as his own tomb, the Mausoleum - unique monumental tomb of a barbarian king of Late Antiquity - is composed of two decagonal cells, upon which rests the incredible monolithic dome, crowned by twelve handles. Its dimension are surprising: it measures almost 11 m in diameter and 3 m in height, for a weight of approximately 230 tons. The lower cell, cross-shaped, was presumably used as a chapel; inside the upper cell is placed a Roman porphyry tub, used according to the legend, for the burial of king Theodoric, who died in Ravenna in 526. In 540 Ravenna was occupied by the Byzantines and the body of the king ousted from the tomb.
One of the eight Early Christian monuments of Ravenna in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
- Indirizzo: Via delle Industrie, 14
- Città: Ravenna (RA)
- Tel: +39 0544456701 (biglietteria)