Rome - Italy

RomeAltare della patria

The Altare della Patria, whose official name is the National Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, also known as Vittoriale is one of the Italian symbols patri. Located on Capitol Hill it is the work of architect Giuseppe Sacconi. The monument was dedicated to the first King of Italy and when in 1921 it received the unknown soldier (milite ignoto), it took another symbolic value. The unknown soldier is an unidentified soldier who died in World War I and symbolizes all the fallen in the name of homeland.


Rome - Altare della patriaThe Architecture

At the center of the monument we find an equestrian statue of Vittorio Emanuele II, but the fundamental element of the monument is the high porch composed of a large Corinthian colonnade placed between two Propylaea. Each propileo has two bronze chariots as ornament surmounted by winged victories. Going up from the steps you can admire the statues representing the 20 Italian regions. Every year, on June 2, feast of the Italian Republic, the President of the Republic lays a wreath of laurel and a military parade front of the Altare della Patria.

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