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“Palatium. Palazzo di Teodorico, Ravenna” (ENG) “Palatium. Theodorici imperial palace in Ravenna”

The study provides an analytic research on archeological surveys conducted in the past about an area of the city of Ravenna - specifically close to the church of Saint Apollinare Nuovo- in order to trace the evolution of this urban archeological palimpsest. Parallel to that, this investigation proposes a comparative analysis of one important architectural type belonged to the antiquity, that was the “palatium”. Since the 402 AD Ravenna became the “sedes regia” and capital of the Byzantine exarchate as well. Particularly, under the Theodorico’s reign huge works of renovation, new urban facts (like churches and palaces) and infrastructures transformed significantly the city. At the turn of the XX century, the ruins of the prestigious Theodorico’s imperial palace were entirely buried, after the taking away of all the mosaics made by the archeologists and Ravenna citizenships. The aim of the strategic designing project and management of the archeological site is to dig up the ancient ruins and, consequently, replace the mosaics in the original position. The result is a “temporal frame” - in other words a hypogeum exhibition space- in the contemporary urban fabric, capable of improving the quality of the archaeological site through the provision of infrastructures and services for reception, research and cultural activities.

    Keywords: Ravenna ; sedes regia ; impero bizantino ; Sant'Apollinare Nuovo ; Teodorico

    Note:

    Diploma work (Marco Fabi, Andrea Lucchi, Chiara Monterumisi) presented at the end of the "Itinerant Master in architecture, archaeology, museum design and innovative management of archaeological sites attended at the Adrianea Academy of Architecture and Archeology, Rome (Italy)

    Chiara Monterumisi was also the curator of the pamphlet edited for the Accademia Adrianea's series

    Public defence: 17 th March 2011

    Reference

    • EPFL-STUDENT-217605

    Record created on 2016-04-01, modified on 2016-08-09

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