Mausoleum of Theodoric, Ravenna (520 A.D.)

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Taken the 21/08/10
This impressive monument is located approximately one kilometer from the centre of Ravenna, beyond the ancient town walls, in an area used as a graveyard by the Goths. Theodoric (493-526) (http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodoric_the_Great ) had it built when he was still alive, as the Anonimous Valesiano (546 - 552) and the protohistorian A. Agnello (middle of the 9th century) report.

It was later dedicated to Saint Mary and used as a Christian oratory after Justinian's edict (561 A.D.) and its consecration to the orthodox creed; during that period of anti-Arian fanaticism the corpse of Theodoric was removed from its  tomb. Beside the building a square tower was erected and then used as a lighthouse, so that the oratory was later called S. Maria ad Pharum. In the 12th.century a Benedictine monastery was built next to it.

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Andrew Varlamov
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Latitude: 44° 25' 29" N, Longitude: 12° 12' 31" E see »

Location: Ravenna, Italy

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