a reflection of the wedding cake

Altar of the Nation, was made in honour of Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of United Italy. The monument was designed by Giuseppe Sacconi in 1885 inaugurated in 1911 and completed in 1935.

The monument is built of pure white marble from Botticino (hence a nickname “the wedding cake” whereas Romans commonly call it “the typewriter”, although “thezuppa inglese” is also common), 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).

(source: Wikipedia – Altare della Patria)

©2012 TH

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