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The memorial section of the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument (Italian: "Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II"), AKA the (Mole del) Vittoriano, Il Vittoriano, or Altare della Patria ("Altar of the Fatherland"). It's colloquially known by some not-so-lofty names, however, including the Typewriter and the Wedding Cake, the latter from the gargantuan mass of brilliant white stone that does look somewhat out of place, considering its surroundings. It was constructed in honor of Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of a unified Italy (sort of!). It's located on the hill between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline. It's currently managed by the Polo Museale del Lazio, the Italian Ministry of Defense and the Museo Centrale del Risorgimento Italiano (al Vittoriano).

Most Romans I talked with hate this thing: it is rather ostentatious, so it's little surprise. It was designed by Giuseppe Sacconi in 1885, and was embellished by famous Italian sculptors, such as Leonardo Bistolfi and Angelo Zanelli. It was inaugurated on June 4th, 1911 and completed in 1935.

The neoclassical interpretation of the Roman Forum at least marginally harmonizes with the other nearby architecture, although this is decidedly newer. It features stairways, Corinthian columns, fountains, an equestrian sculpture of Victor Emmanuel II, and two statues of the goddess Victoria riding on quadrigas. The base houses the museum of Italian Unification. In 2007, a panoramic elevator was added to the structure, allowing visitors to access the roof for 360-degree views of the city, which is stunning at sunset. The structure is about 440 feet wide and 230 feet high, with a total area of 17,550 square meters.

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