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Mole Antonelliana

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Alessandro Antonelli
location Turin
function museum, synagogue
contributed by GJTroost

The Mole Antonelliana is perhaps the best known landmark of Turin. The "Risogimento" (unification of Italy) had just taken place and Turin was named the first capital city of the new state Italy. The Jewish community wanted a new synagogue worthy of a capital city. They hired Alessandro Antonelli, who had experience with building domes. However, he kept adjusting his plans, aiming for a taller design over and over. Eventually the Jewish community withdrew from the project in 1876, which by that time had already cost them almost three times their original budget. The citizens of Turin had seen the synagogue being built and called upon the city council to take over the project and finish it. The city traded the unfinished synagogue with the Jewish community for a piece of land and Antonelli was hired again to finish his project. The building eventually had reached a height of 167,5 meters when it was finished in 1889. The building now houses the National Museum of Cinema.

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Mole Antonelliana
Via Montebello 20
Project is public!
Opening hours Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri. and Sun. 9:00 - 20:00 Saturday 9:00 - 23:00 Tuesday closed
This project is part of 3 guides *Italy by vaida
Torino by Barbolka
torino by nightswimming
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Completion 4- 1889
Floor area/size 3500 m2
ArchitectAlessandro Antonelli
Project ID 20728
Latitude/Longitude 45°04'09N 07°41'36E
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