Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana is an icon of Fascist architecture. Decidedly inspired by the 2000 year old elliptical amphitheatre, the Colosseum, Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana was intended by Benito Mussolini as a celebration of the older Roman landmark.
The Esposizione Universale Romana or EUR for short is a suburb, about 20-minute ride away from Rome, built by Italy’s infamous dictator Benito Mussolini as a site for the 1942 world's fair to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Fascism and the beginning of the Fascist era.
The palace is entirely clad in travertine marble, as is characteristic of buildings in the EUR. It is a parallelepiped on a square base, with six levels rising above a podium. The scale is imposing: the base covers an area of 8,400 square meters, and the building has volume 205,000 cubic meters with a height 68 meters.
Because of its bold appearance and iconic status, the building has appeared in a number of films, including The Last Man on Earth, Hudson Hawk, Titus and Equilibrium.
From October 22, 2015 this monument has become the new headquarter of the famous fashion brand Fendi.
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