Last winter I realized that I had never photographed the Mole Antonelliana from the royal gardens.
In this web-site you will find some more photos of Mole Antonelliana, it is virtually impossible come to Turin without photographing its symbol which makes a unique city with an unmistakable profile.
The construction of the Mole Antonelliana began in 1863, and was originally supposed to be a Jewish synagogue.
The project of Mole Antonelliana proved to be time consuming and costly, and a series of changes made by Antonelli, the architect of this opera, raised the building to 113 meters.
With the changes and meters raised also costs, so that the Jewish community abandoned the idea and made a trade with the municipality of Turin, they gave the Mole partially constructed to municipality in exchange for another piece of land to build the synagogue.
Photo gallery: Mole Antonelliana with snow
Antonelli resumed the construction, with a further series of changes so the height reached 167.5 meters, making it the tallest brick building in Europe and the world.
The Mole Antonelliana was inaugurated in 1889 as home of the Museo del Risorgimento.
The statue of the “Winged Genius” located on the top of the monument was torn down by lightning during the storm of 11 August 1904, remaining miraculously balanced on a balcony, it was later replaced by a five-pointed star taller than 4 meters. The statue of the “Winged Genius” can still be seen inside the Mole Antonelliana and almost always is mistaken for Angel.
The Mole Antonelliana miraculously survived the American bombing of the Second World War, but May 23, 1953 at 19:25 a violent storm, accompanied by a whirlwind, make 47 meters of the spire precipitated in the small garden below, without causing any injury.
The Mole Antonelliana was rebuilt in 1961 no longer in masonry, but with an internal metal structure covered with stone.
Once transferred to the Risorgimento Museum in Palazzo Carignano, between the 1960s and the 1990s, the Mole Antonelliana was used for temporary exhibitions and its terrace as a panoramic point.
After the last renovation the Mole Antonelliana has become the permanent home of the National Museum of Cinema.