Altare della Patria
The Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) also known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II) or "Il Vittoriano" is a monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy, located in Rome, Italy. It occupies a site between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill. The monument was designed by Giuseppe Sacconi in 1885; sculpture for it was parceled out to established sculptors all over Italy, such as Leonardo Bistolfi and Angelo Zanelli. ] It was inaugurated in 1911 and completed in 1925.
The monument is built of white marble from Botticino, Brescia, and features stairways, Corinthian columns, fountains, an 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).
The base of the structure houses the museum of Italian Reunification. In 2007, a panoramic elevator was added to the structure, allowing visitors to ride up to the roof for 360 degree views of Rome.
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 26 October 1921 from among 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 4 November 1921.
The monument was controversial since its construction destroyed a large area of the Capitoline Hill with a Medieval neighbourhood for its sake. The monument itself is often regarded as pompous and too large.
It has been described as being "chopped with terrible brutality into the immensely complicated fabric of the hill."
It is clearly visible to most of the city of Rome despite being boxy in general shape and lacking a dome or a tower. The monument is also glaringly white, making it highly conspicuous amidst the generally brownish buildings surrounding it, and its stacked, crowded nature has lent it several nicknames. Foreign people sometimes refer to the structure by a variety of nicknames, such as "the wedding cake", whereas Romans commonly call it "the typewriter", although "the zuppa inglese" is also common. Despite all this criticism, the monument still attracts a large number of visitors. Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi fostered the opening of the Vittoriano as a public forum and viewpoint over the City core. This new accessibility allowed visitors to become familiar with the landmark, enabling it to grow in popular, if not critical, reputation.
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batalay (34765) 2013-05-18 9:42
On April 28 I stood at the same spot and took a similar photo. I prefer yours to mine! Well done. The composition, colors, resolution... and the accompanying note are all first class.
danos (83093) 2013-05-18 9:46
well chosen the POV with the Altar of the Fatherland and in combination with the other horses on the roof of the building create an excellent optical effect.
I like hte brilliant light as enhance the vivid colours of the image.
krzychu30 (15332) 2013-05-18 9:48
I´ve been to this place many times,but never been able to take good shot of this place or this Monument.But you did a great job here.I like your close-up vision of this scene and especially th eupward perspective you utilized to capture it.
Beautiful and very elegant composition!
Have a good weekend
JFS (32459) 2013-05-18 9:56
un'altra cattura imponente, bellissima, molto riuscita. Un lavoro d'alta qualità. Grazie!
lousat (72425) 2013-05-18 10:06
Ciao Romano,semplicemente fantastica,non è mai facile costruire immagini di grande impatto con elementi cosi' statici,una prospettiva da urlo e un grande effetto 3D creato dalla posizione della luce,10 e lode meritato!Buona serata,Luciano
SnapRJW (29302) 2013-05-18 10:11
Good Evening Romano - A splendid POV, I love how you have clustered the horses together and presented them against the sky. The light was quite sharp but you have managed it attractively, the contrast between the bronzes and the finely detailed stonework is super. Very attractive. Enjoy your evening Rosemary
rychem (19523) 2013-05-18 10:22
Interesting subject, I like your point of view, great quality of the photo, sharp and detailed, perfectly composed
manrezaei (1837) 2013-05-18 11:21
Very nice shot. Great exposure, superb colors and lights you captured here. Very well done.
dta (63008) 2013-05-18 11:45
Cia Romano ,
Très beaux contrastes entre les batiments blancs et les statues équestres noires , le tout sur fond de joli ciel pommelé . Excellents détails architecturaux .
Silvio1953 (116035) 2013-05-18 12:00
Ciao Romano, bel taglio, splenddia luce e favoloso cielo, bravo, ciao Silvio
claudeD (30525) 2013-05-18 12:19
Wonderful picture from Rome and the important national monument Vittorii Emmanuele ii.Exçellent details and perfect sharpness. Very well done.TFS.
With refards from Luxembourg
carlo62 (27766) 2013-05-18 14:59
bella prospettiva, una bella idea di ottima realizzazione.
Bello il gioco delle linee dei cornicioni, mentre i cavalli scuri contrastano il loro biancore.
ourania (26518) 2013-05-18 15:19
un lavoro molto attento ed effettivo ha risultato alla creazione di un' immagine accattivante. Ci sono tante qualita': composizione elegante, nitidezza magnifica, prospettive attraenti, colori bellissimi e contrasti grafici. La luce e' gradevolissima e la sua interazione con le ombre crea un' impressione molto soddisfacente. Ci sono effetti tridimensionali in tante parti della composizione. Il dinamismo ed il senso di dramma aumentano il fascino dell' architettura e delle sculture. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona domenica,
Royaldevon (26629) 2013-05-18 16:10
I would imagine that this is not an easy sculpture to capture and be thoroughly satisfied with the composition. It would be very easy to have adjoining buildings and sculptures competing for attention. As it is, you have the main sculpture nicely prominent and the subsequent buildings rising like steps, beyond. The trilogy of b/g horses does not compete, rather it supports, emphasises and gives a good sense of perspective.
A lovely sharp photograph.
Have a lovely Sunday,
chrisvek (7001) 2013-05-18 18:31
I believe that these details are the trademark of Italy!As for the photo is a very well composed capture with great details and colors from a. Excellent POV
Have a nice day
Nicou (116524) 2013-05-18 20:02
Quelle vue sur cette statue noire sueprbe avec le contraste du gris quelle beauté avec ce ciel en fond splendide.
Bravo et amitié
dkmurphys (46356) 2013-05-18 21:49
Very attractive detail from that impressive monument of Rome. The only white building stands as a true landmark of the capital. Well taken, have a fine day.
SWEETFREEDOM (21636) 2013-05-19 0:38
un interessante dettaglio dell'immenso altare della patria. hai gestito molto bene la forte luce, ottimi colori e nitidezza.
Noel_Byrne (20860) 2013-05-19 4:42
Io esiterei a dire che mi piace molto questo edificio (io lo faccio però :)) come so che tante persone non amano, e ho sentito indicato come la torta nuziale e il tyepwriter. Certo, è in un posto di rilievo, e come dici tu, il suo colore bianco brillante lo rende difficile da perdere. Amore o si odiano, è un posto che nessuno può andare senza vedere quando a Roma. Quando ho visisted vostra bella città molti anni fa, mi è dispiaciuto non arrivare a vedere questo posto.
Grazie per il vostro eccellente nota, non ero a conoscenza del fatto che un tale importante sito storico è stato danneggiato da questa, che spiegherebbe un sacco di disprezzo per l'edilizia. Ottimo colpo di esso, il tuo colpo parziale guardando rende quelle statue molto imponente ed estremamente impressionante.
Hanno un grande Domenica!
abmdsudi (39696) 2013-05-20 4:07
A grand picture of the proud high-standing statues as the deserve to be up there at the right spot. The tri-colour combination looks so pleasing and turns the prominent strikingly stands out in well cropped close shot. And you nailded the exposure superbly there. Good stuff, Congrats.