The Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) also known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II is a controversial monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy. It occupies a site between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill. The structure is 135 m wide and 70 m high and has a total area of 17,000 square meters. The base of the structure houses the museum of Italian Unification. The monument holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with an eternal flame, built under the statue of Italy after World War I.