Palazzo della Civilta Italiana, Rome

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The Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, also known as the Palazzo della Civiltà del Lavoro or simply the Colosseo Quadrato, is an icon of New Classical architecture and Fascist architecture.The building was designed in 1937 to host the Mostra della Civiltà Romana during the 1942 World Fair by Italian architects Giovanni Guerrini, Ernesto Bruno La Padula and Mario Romano.It lies in the district of Rome known as the Esposizione Universale Roma . It is particularly symbolic of this district, exemplifying its monumentality.HistoryThe Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana was constructed as part of the program of the Esposizione Universale Roma, 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 designed by the architects Giovanni Guerrini, Ernesto Bruno Lapadula and Mario Romano and constructed between 1938 and 1943. It was inaugurated on 30 November 1940 as the centerpiece of the Esposizione and continues to be its most iconic building. The structure is also considered one of the most representative examples of Fascist architecture at the EUR.The exhibition was cancelled on June 3, 1941, while the building was being finished. It stood empty, abandoned for over a decade. The building opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1953. It hosted the Roma 1953 Agricultural Exhibition (EA53).
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  • A building for the Expo planned by Mussolini. I decided to go because I wanted to see the characteristic design, but unfortunately on this day, the subway Line B was stopped for maintenance, so I went by bus from Termini. The shape of the window, which is said to have been inspired by the Colosseum, matched the square form. Even in modern architecture, Italy is amazing.
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  • Masterpiece of Rationalist Architecture. Even today confined to secondary work for ideological ties to the fascist period; I think it's time to stop and give the right artistic value of this building. Also called Square Colosseum, for repeating patterns created by the arches on the facades. Made of reinforced concrete and covered entirely with travertine, as required by the style of the time. Impressive neoclassical marble groups on the 4 sides that simulate the Dioscuri del Quirinale, complete the evocative visual view of the building.
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  • .... I LOVE it. In its simplicity and cleanliness of lines is the ideal example of Italian rationalism, placed in a neighbourhood of Rome, the EUR, which was created as a showcase for the Universal exposition but more really as an urban example of fascist ideology. Leaving out what was, I objectively consider the beauty of this building that I could admire during the day, for sure I'll be back to see it in the evening when it's all lit up.
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  • A visit at dawn or in the dark is the best time as the illumination is fabulous. You cannot visit and enter this building at the moment. The sculptures have a certain style you like or not.
  • "The Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana", also known as the Palazzo della Civiltà del Lavoro or simply the Colosseo Quadrato (Square Colosseum), is a building in the EUR district in Rome. Very nice to visit , now is there a Fendi exposition.
  • Very interesting place. Now this building is Fendi HQ
  • This amazing and unique architecture building represent and dedicated to Italian all Italian artists that contribute in the world with art, poetry, discovers and all the good things to make Italy a renomated country for this!!
  • Nice architecture from the outside to see and nice views over the city. The object is closed to the public. Inside, in the lobby, You can find several Fendi bags behind glass, machine with Fendi gadgets and 3-4 books about Fendi. Nothing else
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