Saturday, January 14, 2012

Monument to Victor Emmanuel II

Tonight I was wandering around Central Rome and I came across the most amazing building. It was in Piazza Venezia and was entirely lit up. At the bottom of the main stair case there is an eternal flame that burns the lost soldiers of WWI and is manned by two guards, much like the memorial in Washington D.C.

The building, although very similar to Ancient Roman work, was actually designed in 1885 but construction did not start until 1911 and ended in 1935. The monument is dedicated to Victor Emmanuel II who was the first king of modern united Italy. A very monumental and moving memorial. The building is also in a great location. It sits adjacent to the original Roman Forum and is in view of the Colosseum, an area I hope to explore more in the future, and during the day!

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