No. It rarely snows in Rome.
The columns are a loggia, a sort of 'urban covered balcony'.
It's actually a decent monument to visit; it was closed to the public
for a long time (couldf only see if from the outside), but in 2000 they
opened it to the public and I got to finally see it up close, climng
the steps and getting up to the loggia. It's actually a great balcony
to see the city from.
The decor is over-the-top and wya too much for my taste, but it
celebrates the unification of Italy.... call it national indulgence.
The Vittoriano, in Rome, built from 1885 to 1911 and further on,
designed by G. Sacconi, based on a competition to memorialize King
Vittorio Emanuele II, a key figure in the unification of Italy.
The history of the monument is long and arduous, and it radically
changed the layout of piazza Venezia, which it faces, requiring the
demolition of a number of interesting buildings, including the
courtyardo of the Aracoeli church, the palazzetto Venezia and a number
of other buildings. THe monument backs against the Campidoglio hill,
historical and archaeological center of Rome.
It was recently restored, and the top loggia was opened to the public,
having been closed for many many years.
From the photo, it looks like a copy of the Altar of Dios (Zeus) built by
the Attalids of Pergamon (located near Troy but on the south side of Mt
Ida). Much of the Altar has been installed in a German museum.
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