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"Un popolo di poeti di artisti di eroi di santi di pensatori di scienziati di navigatori di trasmigratori"

"A nation of poets, artists, heroes, saints, thinkers, scientists, navigators, transmigrators"

The Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, also known as the “Square Colosseum”, is an icon of Fascist architecture. It was constructed as part of the program of the Esposizione Universale Roma (EUR), a large business center and suburban complex, initiated in 1935 by Benito Mussolini for the planned 1942 world exhibition and as a symbol of fascism for the world. The Palazzo was constructed between 1938 and 1943. Between 2003 and 2008, it has been closed for restoration. From 2015, it will house the headquarters of luxury fashion label for the next 15 years at least.

The design of the "Square Colosseum" was inspired more to celebrate the Colosseum, and the structure was intended by Benito Mussolini as a celebration of the older Roman landmark. Similar to the Colosseum, the palace has a series of superimposed loggias, shown on the façade as six rows of nine arches each.

The palace is entirely clad in travertine marble, as is characteristic of buildings in the EUR. It is a parallelepiped on a square base, with six levels rising above a podium. The scale is imposing: the base covers an area of 8,400 square meters, and the building has volume 205,000 cubic meters with a height 68 meters (50 meters from the base).

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WS photo offers a comprehensive view of the building. The area was under construction, and i couldn't have a decent photo, so the WS photo is taken from the web.

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