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Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, Rome, Italy

Approximately ten years ago as a student I had to go to Rome for a briefing at the IBM’s italian headquarters in Rome’s EUR district.
While traveling by taxy to via Cristoforo Colombo I suddenly saw it, I was really surprised because I had never been to EUR, I had not studied history of modern architecture, I didn’t know it … but I had seen it, when, where? I’m going to reveal you … follow me.

It’s Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (Palace of Italian Culture) also known as the Palazzo della Civiltà del Lavoro (Palace of Italian Culture of Work ) or simply the Colosseo Quadrato (Square Colosseum) and it’s an icon of Fascist architecture.

Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana

It was designed by the architects Giovanni Guerrini, Ernesto Bruno La Padula and Mario Romano and constructed between 1938 and 1943. It was inaugurated on 30 November 1940 as the centerpiece of the EUR and continues to be its most iconic building. The structure is also considered one of the most representative examples of Fascist architecture at the EUR.

The design of the “Square Colosseum” was inspired more to celebrate the Colosseum, and the structure was intended by Benito Mussolini as a celebration of the older Roman landmark. Similar to the Colosseum, the palace has a series of superimposed loggias, shown on the façade as six rows of nine arches each.

Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (Particular)

At the top of each of the four façades there is an inscription in capital letters:
(In English)
A nation of poets, of artists, of heroes,
Of saints, of thinkers, of scientists,
Of helmsmen, of transmigrants

Where did you see it?
You have seen it in a Nike’s advertisement of the nineties, where famous football players retrieved a ball kept inside the building.

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