The National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II in Rome

The National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II (Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II) is a favorite subject of scorn in Rome, Italy but, apparently, people love to hate the monument.  Its gleaming white marble exterior can be seen for miles and tourists flock there to climb its steps.

On the exterior of the monument, two guards stand watch at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier while an eternal flame burns nearby.  An equestrian statue of Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of a unified Italy looms in front of the structure.

Inside, there stands a sculpture of Winged Victory, similar to the two bronze representations of victory atop the monument.

Throughout the monument, artifacts are displayed, including some that might make a genealogist’s mouth water – bound lists of military personnel.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

SOURCE:  Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 12 August 2011.

Equestrian Statue of Victor Emmanuel II

Equestrian Statue of Victor Emmanuel II

SOURCE:  Equestrian Statue of Victor Emmanuel II (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 12 August 2011.

Winged Victory

Winged Victory

SOURCE:  Winged Victory (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 12 August 2011.

Infantry Lists

Infantry Lists

SOURCE:  Infantry Lists (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 12 August 2011.

Copyright © 2011 by Stephen J. Danko

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