Besides being a famous funeral monument dating back to the Gothic age and UNESCO World Heritage since 1996, the MAUSOLEUM OF THEODORIC, significant element of the cultural heritage of Ravenna, is also part of the local heritage of the city linked to water.
As confirmed by a medieval toponym referring to a place called “Ad Farum”, chances are that in this very area was located port Coriandro, one of the (at least) 12 ports that the city has had over the years.
After it was turned into an Orthodox oratory after Justinian’s edict in 561 AD, a square tower later used as a lighthouse was built next to the Mausoleum, and the monument was named Santa Maria ad Pharum.
Thanks to these historical evidences, it is possible to trace a section of the ancient coastline right in this area – important and fascinating information suggesting the water-related evolution of the landscape and the city plan over the years.
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