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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Altare della Patria

  1. The Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) also known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II) or "Il Vittoriano"  located in Rome, Italy. It occupies a site between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill.
  2. The Altare della Patria  is a controversial monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy.
  3. The eclectic structure was designed by Giuseppe Sacconi in 1885; sculpture for it was parceled out to established sculptors all over Italy, such as Leonardo Bistolfi and Angelo Zanelli. It was inaugurated in 1911 and completed in 1925.
  4. To date, the Vittoriano is the largest monument in white marble Botticino (Brescia) ever created, and features stairways, Corinthian columns, fountains, an equestrian sculpture of Victor Emmanuel and two statues of the goddess Victoria riding on quadrigas.
  5. The base of the structure houses the museum of Italian Unification. In 2007, a panoramic elevator was added to the structure, allowing visitors to ride up to the roof for 360 degree views of Rome. 
  6. The monument was controversial since its construction destroyed a large area of the Capitoline Hill with a Medieval neighbourhood for its sake. The monument itself is often regarded as pompous and too large. 
  7. Maybe it is really too large, but I liked it. Although in Roma there are a lot of incredible places, it is one of the most beautiful place in Roma.

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