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Mausoleum of Theodoric

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Mausoleum of Theodoric

The Mausoleum of Theodoric (Italian Mausoleo di Teodorico) in Ravenna was built in 520 by Theodoric the Great as his future tomb.

Its current structure is divided into two decagonal orders, one above the other and both made of Istria stone. It is roofed with a single 300 tons Istria stone of 10 meters in diameter. A niche leads down to a room which was probably a chapel for funeral liturgies. A stair leads to the upper floor. A circular porphyry tub is located in the centre of the floor, in which Theodoric was supposed to be buried. His remains were removed during Byzantine rule.

It was inscribed with seven other "Early Christian Monuments and Mosaics of Ravenna" buildings as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1996.

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