The Mole Antonelliana is a major landmark of the Italian city Turin. It is named for the architect who built it, Alessandro Antonelli. Construction began in 1863.
Originally, it was intended to be a Jewish synagogue, as religious freedom had just been granted to non-Catholic groups, but the relationship between Antonelli and the Jewish community was not a happy one. He immediately began to propose a series of modifications which raised the final height to 113 meters--over 47 meters higher than the dome in the original design. Such changes, in addition to greater costs and construction time than were originally anticipated, did not please the Jewish community and construction was halted in 1869 with a provisional roof. In 1873 an exchange with the city of Turin for other land for a synagogue took place, and the Mole was dedicated to Victor Emanuel II. Antonelli again began construction, which took the height to 146, 153, and finally 167 meters (548 feet).
On May 23 1953 a very violent cloudburst accompanied by a tornado, destroyed the upmost 47 metres of the pinnacle, which was rebuilt in 1961 as a metal structure covered with stone.
Since 2000, the building has housed the Museo Nazionale del Cinema, the National Museum of Film. The Mole appears on the reverse of the two cent Italian euro coins and was the official emblem of the 2006 Winter Olympics. It is also the official emblem of the 2005 World Bocce Championships and the 2006 World Fencing Championships.
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Matthew-Watt (5956) 2007-12-04 15:17
An imposing image of a dominant structure! The exceptional clarity provided by your artistic style allows me to appreciate the finer details in this photograph. The inclusion of the tree as some foreground was a great idea; makes the scene appear more natural. The sky is well saturated, the building well defined against it. Good levels of lighting and pleasant contrasts.
emka (86577) 2007-12-04 15:49
A stunning photo. I like the composition of this photo, excellent sharpness, good colors. Very interesting building.
wgreis (8267) 2007-12-04 16:11
uma excelente perspectiva com uma luminosidade sóbria e harmônica.
A nota também está impecável.
gracious (20025) 2007-12-04 19:08
This is trully a beautiful architecture perfectly captured from a most talented hands!
excellent pov with total sharpness, vivid colour and details
very well done and composed
bostankorkulugu (42222) 2007-12-04 21:06
from this pov it looks like some kinda temple from tailand somehow... fine architecture... and nice shot carlos...
grantlp (2113) 2007-12-04 21:08
Great impactful image of this interesting, Italian architecture, which is emphasised by the close and low POV. The lighting and clarity in the photo is superb and again we are able to appreciate the fine detail in the design. Very well done.
UnTrained (0) 2007-12-04 22:06
this is a top shot. Very high quality especially the low POV looking upwards. This great building with its large tower and the final upper peak are tall and the vertical format raise this effect. Breathtaking!
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
hattori (0) 2007-12-04 22:10
from top to toe sharp and clear shot with angry sky
Bruno40 (6658) 2007-12-04 22:58
Great POV Carlos!!
Very well composed and of wonderful tones. Good PP!!
Excellent sharpness, I can see a lot of details.
vedra (0) 2007-12-05 0:22
Well chosen point of view. It is very difficult to get the whole view when standiong so close to a big building, but here you managed it very well. The spike on the top makes a nice detail, as well as repetition of numerous architectural elements.
evanrizo (456) 2007-12-05 0:49
Ola Carlos, great, it looks majestic and very impressive it comes from the POV and the frame you used, I like the effect that comes from easy blurred depth of the top, and still clear to see it very good.
Have a nice day.
John_F_Kennedy (43445) 2007-12-05 3:08
This is an impressive building and an impressive picture of this place. This lightning is beautiful and I like the POV to.
cfreire (11741) 2007-12-05 3:20
Que lindo trabalho vc fêz aqui. Vc, criativamente, elaborou uma perspectiva, que no meu ponto de vista, para este tipo de imagem foi a melhor. Nâo conheço o lugar, mas por sua foto dá perfeitamente para se ter uma idéia a dificuldade em se obter um bom ângulo. Os contrastes estão excelentes. Nada mais tenho a dizer, somente, que está um show. Um abraço, Consuelo
molla (7129) 2007-12-05 3:27
What a peak, from this view it has a lot common with a tibetian stupa even if the scale is completley different. As I said a good but slightly differnt POV. I like the windows and the deatils around them.
Flavia (10352) 2007-12-05 4:26
Um ponto de vista lateral impressionante que mostra bem a grandiosidade da obra. Riqueza de detalhes e qualidade nota 10.
Truja (4953) 2007-12-05 6:36
impressive and attractive perspective, is fantastic, since it emphasizes the architectonic beauty still more of I build. The frame is of vertigo, proprociona an excellent dynamism to the image. Good colors, and great game of lines going off until the sky. Good work!!
Scharan (14144) 2007-12-05 12:24
Que bonita foto Carlos, um ângulo bem diferente e muito bonito. Lindos detalhes de arquitetura, parabéns!
lucasgalodoido (21378) 2007-12-05 14:59
Bem imponente essa contrução e rica em detalhes arquitetônicos, que foram muito bem capturados. Acho que essa construção ficaria interessante também numa 10-20mm, apesar das distorções. Acho que será uma ótima compra!
Parabéns e Abraço!
Bluejeans (64249) 2007-12-05 15:43
Oi amigo ,
Tem impacto esta tua foto , que belissimo predio de uma bela arquitectura , bom enquadramento da foto , as cores estão fantasticas amigo , gostei da arvore na foto , parabens!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Photo65Net (43120) 2007-12-05 20:41
Amazing perspective, superb light management, and great POV...
A beautiful one !
In particular contrasts and tones are very pleasant.
paura (47184) 2007-12-06 0:57
Uma linda fotografia, partindo de um excelente ponto de tomada e adequados ajustes fototécnicos. As cores estão igualmente boas. O prédio é realmente muito lindo e sua foto está bem boa para mostrar isso.
Floydian (30970) 2007-12-06 2:27
I see some pp work, but to be honest i love it. The tilt is wonderful, but the best part is really the light what shines on the building and the blue sky with clouds behind it.
Really excellent sharpness, you control is very good, i really can see that ;-)
Good work my friend, i really like this one.
giorgimer (34939) 2007-12-06 4:55
I know this monument and I like it. I just think that you used the best POV to take it. Perspective is great!
xkolba (596) 2007-12-06 6:54
You perfectly shew this impressive architecture I like many details and shapes on elevation. Building well contrasts with brighter sky. Thanks for useful note too!
patdeph (35748) 2007-12-06 8:50
what a splendid architecture!And with our POV,it seems very impressive!I really like the way you have cropped a part of the monument that gives emphasis to the photo!The colours are wonderful!Very well done!
Have a nice evening.
cunejo200 (7281) 2007-12-06 11:05
It is always a challenge to frame tall objects and building. The perspective you chose here showcases the architectural texture and details of Mole Antonelliana. Sweet! Regards, Danilo
zeca (19762) 2007-12-06 18:50
Belíssima perspectiva, Carlos! É o que mais me encanta aqui. Mas a foto não seria tudo o que é sem o perfeito equilíbrio de iluminação que tem. O céu está muito bonito!
pablominto (53746) 2007-12-08 2:27
Effective point of view to create this fine dynamics in composition!
Great details in the architecture, attractive colours in spite of low light...
I like the tight framing and the resulting composition is attractive!
Standa (1877) 2007-12-09 2:43
your POV is good to show this great building. Eyes are leading to the well saturated sky. Sharpness is excellent
marietom (34609) 2007-12-09 3:14
Jolie idée de cadrage, pour cette image fort bien composée.
wishlist (4133) 2007-12-09 5:25
this pov is a great choice giving us the chance to contemplate and enjoy the majesty of this beautiful building. The picture is very well balanced, excellent exposure,great colours and stunning details. The contrast between the colour of the building and the dramatic sky is absolutely beautiful!
Thanks for sharing this my friend
Benedict (7076) 2007-12-09 8:18
i assume that you got down the pavement to capture this very candid, artistically-captured image, huh? the colors and features of the building are so well seen that even that electric line to the highestmost level of the structure is well seen! the notes in addition say it all.
batalay (36994) 2007-12-09 8:29
On July 14-18, 2006 I spent time in Turin, waiting for my "private audience" with Leonardo's "Last Supper" in Milan. Traipsing the streets of Turin, I took an image of the same tower, read similar information that you posted, and saw the lengthy colonnades everywhere. This is a wonderful city, with wonderful art all within walking distance. Your image of the Museo Nationale del Cinema was explained to me, as a structure originally designed to house a synagogue. The great German physicist Werner Heisenberg once wrote, "One should never underestimate how much pleasure it gives a man to hear/see what he already knows." Accordingly, seeing your beautiful photograph, and reading the informative note has had that effect. Your light for the photograph is much better than the one with which I viewed, and photographed the scene.
I've enjoyed your photographs of Florence and Turin very much. I look forward to seeing more of your pictures from Italy.
pboehringer (770) 2007-12-10 16:55
a simplicidade desta foto com esta torre apontando para as alturas ficou realmente muito boa.Gostei demais do efeito do filtro polarizador.
Esta sua viagem a Italia ta rendendo umas fotos bem boas, hein?
fulvio52 (8314) 2007-12-11 10:17
Carlos.... how wonderful!
La Mole Antonelliana!
I went to school less than 300 yards from here...
This is ONE GORGEOUS SHOT! Goes straight away into my favorites.
It always feel SO damn good to smell my own hometown's air!
Thanks for sharing, buddy.
Have a wonderful day,
Charo (51210) 2007-12-22 10:01
Magnífica toma de esta bonita arquitectura. Me gusta ese encuadre inclinado y la buena luz y detalles.
Buen trabajo amigo, un abrazo.
marjan (6279) 2008-01-17 8:34
hi Carlox, excelent shot with nice coloures and fine dark background.
Stepan (27210) 2008-02-12 23:17
The pov and the zoom produce a really huge and impressive depth ! Like a kind of rocket...
And the light is perfect for the mood. Very well seen and done.
bigboroboy (1098) 2008-02-15 15:37
A very well composed architectural shot. Clean lines and with good definition. Nice work, PHIL
jusninasirun (17162) 2008-05-31 21:33
Hello Carlos. I like the sharpness of the image from the top right down to the foot of this architecture. The intricate detail is very well written all over the building and you did a fine perspective from this low angle. Very well done and best regards. Jusni
danos (90413) 2008-09-17 5:28
impressive this landmark of Mole Antonelliana of Turin. Impressive the angle of the building as the sharpness and the clarity of the scene.The pale color of the sky bring out the details of it.Well done.
COSTANTINO (59963) 2009-02-23 12:58
The castle tries to catch the sky..
This sky is very impressive in contrast with the rest of the scenery..
An excellent perspective with an excellent
building and architecture..
Well composed all of them
regards and compliments
Amaz (11475) 2009-08-07 1:12
Ótimo registro desta bela arquitetura, Carlos!
Linda composição e extraordinário enquadramento!!!
leonorkuhn (16235) 2010-02-09 6:49
Tenho observado que as coisas que perduram no tempo são aquelas feitas por pessoas que pensavam "grande", queriam fazer o maior e o melhor. A monumentalidade deste prédio foi maravilhosamente captada por você, em uma perspectiva excelente. A luz e a nitidez estão ótimas. Magnífico contraste de cores. É a melhor imagem deste prédio aqui no TE.
subhendu_bagchi (25975) 2010-04-15 10:32
what a beautiful architecture it is. Captured with master efficiency. Lower POV acted well. Sharpness and light are outstanding. A masterpiece from your oldies. Tfs.
Have a nice day.
- Copyright: Carlos CB (belido) (19934)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-10-14
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 18-55mm/f3.5-5.6, Digital ISO 100, Hoya Pro1 Digital 58mm PL-C
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/80 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Perspective [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-12-04 15:12
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