It was in this city that the end of the Roman empire was decided with the deposition, in 476AD, of the last emperor. Ravenna was then led by Theodoric, the king of the Ostrogoths. In Via Roma we can still see the ruins of his palace. Continuing along the road we come to the church of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, built for the Aryan cult, but consecrated to the Catholic religion in the sixth century. Note the sixteenth century portico and the unusual cylindrical belltower dating from the ninth century.