Altare della Patria

Rome, Italy

The Altare della Patria, also known as the National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II, is a monument built in honor of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy.

The eclectic structure 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 Vittoriano features stairways, Corinthian columns, fountains, an equestrian sculpture of Victor Emmanuel and two statues of the goddess Victoria riding on quadrigas. The base of the structure houses the museum of Italian Unification. In 2007, a panoramic lift 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 goddess Roma after World War I following an idea of General Giulio Douhet.

The monument, the largest in Rome, 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 conspicuous, pompous and too large.



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Founded: 1885-1925
Category: Statues in Italy

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Simon East (9 months ago)
Absolutely stunning place to visit. The workmanship that went into building it is immense! Plenty of stairs but unfortunately didn't see any ramps so possibly not wheelchair friendly. The rooftop view is amazing. You can see so much of Rome from there. Would recommend a trip there.
Amatullah Husain (10 months ago)
It was my favourite place in Rome. The towering structure is spectacular. As you climb the stairs to the first landing you can appreciate the architecture of the columns and the statues. There is also a possibility of going to the rooftop to get a panoramic view of the city which I highly recommend. The view is breathtaking. The best time to visit the place is in the evening.
Julian G (12 months ago)
A place you cannot miss in Rome. This place is beautiful and massive that it really is something to look at. Saw it during the night with the downside that it closes so you cannot get closer than the outside but you still can view the entirety of it. This is one of the largest structures in Rome that you can see it tower over other nearby buildings, truly a spectacular thing to see and one of my favorite if not my favorite thing I saw while in Rome!
Alejandro Martínez (2 years ago)
Beautiful visit. It’s just the building but it’s worth it. You have great views of the city and good photo opportunities. There is a paid elevator you can use to get even better city views. Also, inside the monument there is a public toilet. Be mindful that as October 2021, you need a green pass (EU vaccine certification or equivalent) to access even the outside area.
Traveler From Tulsa (2 years ago)
This is a beautiful and building that makes its presence known by how it is situated and positioned. Modern compared to most of it's surroundings but well designed and even though different it fits in perfectly. You may enter for free but it is just a building so admire the structure but do not expect a museum recurrence on the inside.
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