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Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II



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The Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II) or Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) or "Il Vittoriano" is a monument to honour Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy. It is located in Rome, Italy. It occupies a site between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill. The monument was designed by Giuseppe Sacconi in 1895; sculpture for it was parceled out to established sculptors all over Italy.[1] It was inaugurated in 1911 and completed in 1935.[2] The monument, "chopped with terrible brutality into the immensely complicated fabric of the hill",[3] is built of pure white marble from Botticino, Brescia, and features majestic stairways, tall Corinthian columns, fountains, a huge equestrian sculpture of Victor Emmanuel and two statues of the goddess Victoria riding on quadrigas. The structure is 135 m (443 ft) wide and 70 m (230 ft) high. If the quadrigae and winged victories are included, the height is to 81 m (266 ft).[2] The base of the structure houses the museum of Italian Reunification.[2][4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monument_to_Vittorio_Emanuele_II

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Submitted: 10/30/2008

By: SpiderX22

Location: Rome, Italy

Category: Famous Landmarks

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SpiderX22

Oct 30, 2008 - 1:36am

I've been here! This picture brings back memories...ie..of me forgetting my camera.

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