The Mausoleum was built by Theoderic in 520 AD, as his burial place. Entirely made of Istrian stone, its structure is divided into two decagonal orders placed one on top of the other. The upper level is topped by a big monolithic dome with twelve square arches bearing the names of eight apostles and four evangelists. Its dimensions are surprising: it measures 10,76m in diameter and 3,09m in height. According to recent calculations, it weighs 230 tons.
A niche leads to the inferior order which was probably a former cruciform-plan chapel, originally used for religious services. An external staircase leads to the upper floor, that houses a circular porphyry tub where Theoderic was presumably buried. After Justinian's edict in 561, during the Byzantine domination, his remains were removed from the Mausoleum that was turned into an orthodox oratory.
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The mausoleum of Theoderic belongs to the MIBACT - Polo Museale of Emilia Romagna (Ravenna Department)
Everyday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Last admittance: 30 minutes before closing time
The Mausoleum is closed on 25th December and 1st January
Basilica Sant'Apollinare in Classe + Ravenna National Museum + Mausoleum of Theodoric: 10€; 5€ concession.
The combined ticket "three sites" can be purchased at the ticket office of the National Museum or at the Basilica in Classe and is valid for three days from the issue date.
Free admission on the first Sunday of the month; during special events by MIBACT (Italian Ministry of Cultural heritage and Activities); Romagna Visit Card holders; EU citizens aged less than 18 years; non-EU citizens under age; disabled and carers; non-EU citizens with conditions of reciprocity; EU guides and interpreters; MIBACT's staff; I.C.O.M. members; students of EU public and private schools accompanied by teachers; students of Higher Education courses organized by MIBACT; teachers and students of the Academy of Fine Arts and corresponding institutes of the European Union; high school teachers of art history; professors and graduate or post-graduate students of Art and Architecture; journalists with card
Only the lower cell of the Mausoleum is accessible to people with disabilities
The mausoleum is close to the city centre, to a coach and car park, to a picnic area and to the tourist information office. Bus lines n.2 and 5. Small lay-by. Situated in the surroundings of Rocca Brancaleone
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Last modified date: 21/02/2018