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Altare della Patria

Altare della Patria, Piazza Venezia, Roma

The National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II also known as The Altar of the Fatherland (Altare della Patria) is a neo-classical building made of white Brescia limestone (135 m wide and 70 m high), located between piazza Venezia (Venetian square) and Campidoglio (Capitoline hill). The structure was built between 1885 and 1911, according to the design of Giuseppe Sacconi, in honor of Victor Emmanuel II. (the 1st king of a unified Italy) and symbolizes the unification of Italy. The monument holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with an eternal flame, built under the statue of goddess Roma after World War I. For a fee of 10 EUR you can go by lift to the big open-air terrace and enjoy panoramic, breathtaking views of Rome.

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