The National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II aka “Vittoriano” is a monument built in honor of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy. Located in central Rome, it sits adjacent to Capitoline Hill on the Piazza Venezia. From the top of the structure there are great views of central Rome. The top photo is of the equestrian sculpture of Victor Emmanuel that sits at the front of the monument. Across Piazza Venezia, the small church in the center of the second photo, is the Santa Maria di Loreto which is a 16th century church. The construction of this church was started in 1507 by Antonio da Sangallo the younger, with an octagonal floor plan; the dome and the lantern were completed 75 years later. To the right, the large dome belongs to the Church of the Most Holy Name of Mary at the Trajan Forum (Santissimo Nome di Maria al Foro Traiano). It is a Roman Catholic church that was instituted by Pope Innocent XI after the victory of the Austrian – Polish armies over the Turks at the Battle of Vienna in 1683.
Posted by: danielfee | September 3, 2013