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The Mausoleum of Teodorico (6th Century) - Ravenna

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Commissioned by the Emperor Teodorico in 520 A.D., the mausoleum is the only monument in Ravenna under the patronage of UNESCO to be totally devoid of consecrated mosaics.

A classic example of Germanic strength and solidarity, the Mausoleum of Teodorico is one the most extraordinary examples of Ostrogoth art.
A decagonal plan in the lower part, circular in the superior and a Latin cross in the cell below, the Mausoleum of Teodorico is a riot of perfect geometric carvings in the purest white Istrian stone. Worthy of note is the structure designed to cover the monument, consisting of a colossal monolith in stone from Aurisina. Almost 11 metres in diameter and weighing over three hundred tons, the monolith was transported by sea to Ravenna and hoisted onto the building using the power of twelve looped ropes.

Through a niche, one can enter the inferior cell of the mausoleum, which is presumed to have been used for funeral ceremonies. With the help of a ladder, one can reach the superior cell where there is a basin made of porphyry eburnea (oriented to the east, i.e. towards the light of the Redeemer), where it is hypothesised the Emperor Teodorico found eternal rest. His remains were removed during the next dominion in Ravenna, that of the Byzantine Empire.