A Temple to the Dead of War

Il Tempio Votivo, Lido, Venice
Il Tempio Votivo, with its great bronze dome, is easily the most prominent landmark on the Lido (when viewed from Venice). The temple was created as a memorial to the Italians who died in the Great War (1915-18). 
Il Tempio Votivo, Lido, Venice
It was designed by the architect Giuseppe Torres and built, under the direction of the engineer Umberto Vittorio Fantucci, between 1926 and 1938. The Tempio Votivo contains the remains of 2,691 soldiers, who were killed during the First World War (and 499 from the Second World War). The memorial was commissioned by Cardinal Pietro La Fontaine, who was the patriarch of Venice from 1915 until 1935. 
Il Tempio Votivo, Lido, Venice
I am surprised, given that this year is the centenary of Italy's entry into the First World War, that the monument has not been spruced up for the occasion. Parts of the exterior of the building are discoloured by mould and signs of neglect are also present inside.  

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