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Mausoleum of Theodoric

Via delle Industrie, 14 - Ravenna
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Built as his own burial place by Theodoric in 520 A.D., the mausoleum, with a central plan, is made of white stone blocks and is divided into two superimposed orders, both decagonal.

Scholars tend to believe that the lower floor was used as a chapel and that the porphyry basin containing his mortal remains would have been placed on the second floor which, already at that time, could only be reached from the outside.

Above the mausoleum stands a large monolithic dome of remarkable dimensions: 10.76 m in diameter and 3.09 m in height.

According to more recent calculations, it weighs 230 tons and, to this day, scholars have advanced a number of hypotheses concerning the transport of the monolith and the technique employed for its installation. On the handles carved out from the monolith, the names of the 4 evangelists and 8 apostles can be read.

Inside, light is provided by six windows, which are all different from each other.

The remains of Theodoric, probably kept here, were removed and dispersed during Byzantine rule, when, following Justinian’s edict in 561, the mausoleum was transformed into an oratory and consecrated to Orthodox worship.

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Among the Orthodox community of Ravenna, a climate of distrust and tension had grown around Theoderic in the last years of his reign. So much so that, having designed his own tomb, which from 526 would become his eternal resting place, he chose for it an area of the city – called Campo Coriandro – that was traditionally reserved for the Goths and already in use as a burial site.

Although austere and solemn, as befitting a royal monument, and therefore perfectly recognisable from afar as well as from the sea, given the white colour of the stone used, it seems evident, especially when compared to the other earth-coloured brick mausoleums in Ravenna, that this mausoleum was designed by Theodoric as tomb among tombs, in a sort of last fraternal embrace of his people, who had found rest in this part of the city.

Today, with respect to the past, Theodoric is considered by modern historiography an enlightened sovereign who, despite thirty years of ascendancy, had succeeded in ensuring a period of relative stability.

Further information

opening hours

Pursuant to the Decree of the Prime Minister of the Italian Republic (3 November 2020), all the MIBACT monuments will be closed to the public starting from Friday 6 November 2020 until further notice.

Chiusura

The mausoleum is closed on 1 January and 25 December

Tariffe

Ticket: €4
Concession: €2 (Concessions apply for young people aged between 18-25)

Book tickets online
It is possible to book up to 30 minutes before arrival.
Tickets are collected at the ticket office

Gratuità

During special events by MIBACT (Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities); 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

Accessibilità

Only the lower cell of the Mausoleum is accessible to people with disabilities

Come Arrivare

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.

A cura della Redazione Locale
E-mail: turismo@comune.ravenna.it

Ultima modifica: 19 January 2021

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