Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Victor Emmanuel II Monument

Hard by the Roman forum is a modern-day monument to excess, the Victor Emmanuel II Monument, locally called the Vittoriano (or, less respectfully, the wedding cake or the typewriter), construction started in 1911 by Italy’s first king to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Italy’s unification. 200 feet high, 500 feet wide, it sports one of the largest equestrian statues in the world (of the King, naturally) - his moustache has a 5-foot span.


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