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Tempio della Vittoria, Milan

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  • July 24, 2017
    Strikes by its grandeur, its colors (dark stone wall that surrounds it, white marble of which it is made), for his style (you might talk about architecture of regime); yet hardly stop watching it carefully and even more difficult to visit it (also because the opening hours are very limited). But I did not regret to have devoted some time: it is very interesting for its structure, very important to its meaning. What you see above ground is the Temple of victory, built between 1927 and 1930 to a design by Giovanni Muzio (also collaborated on other architects, including Gio Ponti) to remember the fallen of the first World War: Milanese protected by an austere dark stone wall designed as "Holy enclosure" and by a gate, rises an octagonal tower covered in white marble of Musso, concluded by a lantern, around which runs an ambulatory where there are 8 ports/niches. The main niche houses the giant bronze statue of Saint Ambrose that tramples on the seven deadly sins (high is four and a half metres), created by Adolfo Wildt in 1928; the walls of other niches recall – per year – with symbols and sculptures, places of battles and prominent figures of the great war; Black Stone urns placed between a niche and the other containing the Earth of the battlefields. Currently (July 2017) you cannot access to the upper floors. Under this massive building, spread-out of three underground floors-the crypt (currently subject to work) and the ossuary, built in 1973 to a design by Mario Baccini, which collected the remains of the fallen of the first World War (the first and second floors, are also the fallen French) and the remains of the fallen of the second world war and civilian casualties (third floor). It is a place dedicated to the memory, such as clearly emphasizes the plaque at the entrance: "fathers husbands sons and brothers are here honored together with dispersed and buried in other places kidnapped their affections for the ideal that will never die. They give us the warning: live like us we died; If you don't feel more serene mood, you will come to no avail. Turning into pride his sorrow on Milan's Provincial Committee of the National Association of families of the fallen and missing persons in war poses. " On the gravestones lining the walls of the Octagon, on three different floors, the names of thousands of casualties, the references to specific regiments, the memory of recent martyrs of Nasiriyah; beside the banners of arms and associations. Everything is illuminated by a lamp "patriotic": a cross with white lights, closed on one side with red lights, the other with green lights. In this monument coexist, so the element triumphal celebration of victory in World War I, and the memories of dead people-related and intimate Memorial during World War II. It is interesting from the historical and architectural point of view especially the top, that are populated with beautiful reliefs are typical of the 1930s. It is important from a historical point of view the hidden part, commemorating the dead and where it is not allowed to take photographs: an act of respect that involves, for the tourist, a small sacrifice (but I saw that not everyone is willing to accept this limitation!).
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  • July 12, 2017
    It is a square (tower so high nor is) beautiful white tower we found when you go to explore the Basilica of Sant ' Ambrogio. I would also try explore on the set because I don't know specifically what to commemorate history not helpful because, built the building itself is lovely, and I felt good.
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  • May 28, 2017
    This sentence applies to all wars and his victims - and the Italy has certainly experienced some. The two world wars were particularly bloody. and Milan therefore erected a monument in memory of its soldiers died 1914-18. There is a tomb and ossuary of three floors underground with the names of soldiers repatriated and buried here, it goes down floor by floor and follows the path in a circle where prayer chapels and altars are built to commemorate the 10,000 soldiers who are based here. The temple is topped by a hexagonal Tower, and of course there is also a St. Ambrose to look after the children of the city. Outside there is a grave with a torch. The temple was inaugurated in 1928 - 10 years after the end of the war. The temple is guarded by retired military - what beautiful hats with feathers - and fortunately one of these spoke french very well and gave me a grand tour of all. Otherwise it is true that it is difficult to understand, because not being a museum there is obviously no plate to explain. But it's a beautiful monument - located just behind the Basilica of St. Ambroise, so logic to extend your walk by here.
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