Victor Emanuel II Memorial and WW1 Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
It's hard to miss this imposing memorial in the heart of Rome. The pillared portion of the structure honors King Victor Emanuel, II of Savoia who in 1870 unified Italy with Rome, which served as the first capital city.
At the base of the memorial is a statue watched by a two-man honor guard and an eternal flame to the Unknown Italian Soldier of World War I.
Aside from the sheer magnitude (compare the people on the street to the guards and the figures above them to gain a sense of scale), other controversies surround the memorial including the destruction of ruins on the site. Some have criticized the use of Greek characters and architectural influences on this Roman memorial.
It has earned various nick names from foreigners such as "the wedding cake" and "the typewriter".
I've used a long exposure to blur the headlights/tail lights of oncoming vehicles.
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