Monday, October 18, 2010

Monument of Victor Emmanuel II in Rome, Italy

This is the Monument of Victor Emmanuel II (Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II in Italian). It is a monument in honor of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy, located in Rome, Italy. It was designed by Giuseppe Sacconi in 1885 and known to be completed in 1935. It is made of pure white marble from Botticino, Brescia.

This is one of the amazing architectures that I love in Rome. I wish I went up to the roof to see the whole of Rome but we don't have much time during our four days visit last August of this year.

taken during our visit last August 2010

The monument holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with an eternal flame, built under the statue of Italy after World War I following an idea of General Giulio Douhet. The body of the unknown soldier was chosen on October 26, 1921 from amongst 11 unknown remains by Maria Bergamas, a woman from Gradisca d'Isonzo whose only child was killed during World War I. Her son's body was never recovered. The selected unknown was transferred from Aquileia, where the ceremony with Bergamas had taken place to Rome and buried in a state funeral on November 4, 1921.

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