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Altar of the fatherland

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Overview

Title
Altar of the fatherland
Author
fede_76
Rating
4.11
Year
1911 AD
Cost
Free Admission
Average visit time
30 minutes
Address
Piazza Venezia, 00186 Rome RM
Hours of operation
9.00am-5.30pm
Contacts
Phone: 066991718

Description

The Altar of the Fatherland in Rome (Altare della Patria in italian), best known as national monument " Vittoriano" and located in Venice Square, was built in 1885 by the architect Giuseppe Sacconi to commemorate italian unification. The monumental complex of Vittoriano overlooking the Roman Forum area was dedicated to king Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoia and was inaugurated in 1911. Many buildings were demolished such as the Tower of Paul III, the bridge connecting the Palazzo Venezia with three cloisters of the convent of Ara Coeli and all minor building on the slopes of this hill, in order to make room for the complex. The main element of the Vittoriano neo-classical portico is characterized by the Corinthian columns that correspond to the two columns. This architecture is reminiscent of the Temple of Nike located on the Acropolis of Athens. The two fountains represent the Adriatic coast with the Lion of San Marco and the Tyrrhenian coast, with the Wolf of Rome and the Siren Partenope. The Altar of the Fatherland, located on the white steps, is part of the Vittoriano complex, although very often this name is used to identify the entire monument. The project was designed by the sculptor Angelo Zanelli with designs depicting the scenes inspired by the Eclogues and Georgics of the poet Virgil. Within the Altar of the Fatherland there is the famous "Milite Ignoto", which is the body of an Italian soldier who died during the First World War. The terrace has a wonderful view overlooking the historical center of Rome. Inside there is the Altar of the fatherland Museum or "Risorgimento Museum" with temporary art exhibitions. To reach the Altar of the Fatherland you can take the subway (Line B) and get off at "Colosseo" or the follow line buses: 44, 84, 190, 780, 781, 810.

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2/17/2012 15:17
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