ARCHITECT, Byzantine
(active 520s in Ravenna)

Interior view

c. 526
Mausoleum of Theodoric, Ravenna

The interior comprises a cross-shaped vaulted chamber on the ground floor; a porphyry bath was reused as the royal sarcophagus. Since the tradition of stone building and the use of double-storey tombs had survived in the 6th century only in Syria and Asia Minor, Theodoric probably employed a group of Eastern masons to construct his mausoleum.

The photo shows the interior at the top level.

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