The Mysterious UFO Shaped Ancient Tomb of Lars Porsena – 200 Feet Taller Than The Great Pyramid

This Etruscan king’s tomb resembled a flying saucer perched on five pyramidal pylons or obelisks. But, before ancient astronaut enthusiasts get too excited, let’s take a closer look at its famous occupant: Lars Porsena, king of the city of Clusio from the late 6th century BC, who clashed with a nascent Rome after the revolt it destroyed.

Tarquinius the Proud, Rome’s final monarch and an Etruscan, petitioned Porsena to destroy the early Roman republic, and the latter promised to assist him. He presented himself with his army at the gates of Rome, although the historical sources differ on this point.

Porsena, inspired by the Romans’ valiant fight, chose peace and departed, according to the consensus, including Livy. On the other hand, according to some accounts, he assaulted and conquered the city, and the Etruscans were only evacuated afterwards.

In any event, no one believes Tarquinius the Proud will be able to reclaim the throne. It was to Lars Porsena’s benefit if he was successful in capturing Rome.

A giant grave for a giant character

A proper burial for a king and military leader of such a status is virtually unavoidable, and in this instance it seems to check all the boxes for a cyclopean ancient wonder. Pliny the Elder cites Marco Varrón’s description of the mausoleum:

Porsena was buried under the city of Clusio, where he had erected a carved stone square monument. Each side was three hundred feet [c. 90 meters] long and fifty feet [c. 15 meters] high, with an inextricable labyrinth under the foundation that no one could escape without a thread track.

Five pyramids, one at each corner and one in the center, rise above this square structure, each measuring 75 feet [c. 22 meters] broad at the base and 150 feet [c. 44 meters] high. These pyramids are so small in form that a bronze globe and a petaso sit atop them all, from which chains hang the bells. When blown by the wind, they create a clink, much as they used to in Dodona.

Four additional pyramids, each 100 feet [c. 30 meters] high, lie atop this globe, and above them is a platform with five more pyramids, the height of which Varro was embarrassed to disclose. According to Etruscan legends, it is identical to the remainder of the building.

Why haven’t we heard anything more about this magnificent tomb? The first explanation is because this building, which stood approximately 200 meters tall in all – higher than the Great Pyramid (200 feet now) – was allegedly demolished by the Roman commander Cornelius Sila in 89 BC, along with Clusius himself.

The second point is that the historical reference mentioned on these lines is the only one available. Furthermore, no evidence of her has ever been discovered, and historians largely consider Varro’s story to be at best a huge exaggeration.

Others, such as Angelo Cortenovis (18th century), claimed that it was not just a mausoleum but also a lightning-conducting mechanism.

After all, despite its complexity, it is not an impossible structure. And no one can deny that a beautiful mausoleum was built for Lars Porsena, the great warrior whose reputation frightened Rome and whose triumphant weapons could have wiped her off the map of Italy if it hadn’t been for his own magnanimity.

Perhaps a sense of Roman animosity was the driving force for the destruction of Porsena’s tomb and the disappearance of certain allusions to it… at least on the surface. Because the complex labyrinth underneath the building may still be there, buried beneath several meters of ground in central Italy, waiting to be discovered and entered.


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