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Mole Antonelliana

One of the tallest buildings of its time, this historic landmark still towers over central Turin, providing visitors with panoramic views of the city.

Originally built as a Jewish Temple, the Mole Antonelliana stands as a revered landmark in Turin. The building was completed in 1889, one year after the death of its architect, Alessandro Antonelli. Today the building houses the Italian National Cinema Museum and provides panoramic views of the city for visitors willing to brave its towering heights.

At the time of its completion the Mole Antonelliana was the tallest brick building in the world. After a storm ravaged its spire, it was reconstructed to allow for public access and the elevator that now takes visitors to its high points. Before heading into the building, take the time to stroll around the outside and appreciate its architectural brilliance.

Once inside, head for the glass elevator that takes you up to the viewing platform almost 280 feet (85 meters) above the ground. You’ll often have to line up to use the elevator, so make sure to time your visit well. On most days you can clearly see the Alps that rise from the northwest and cover nearly half the horizon.

Make your way back down the elevator and stop at the National Cinema Museum for an interesting lesson in the country’s cinema. The collections include films, negatives and cinema technology from the early days of Italian film. The museum also has a large collection of props and costumes used in iconic Italian films as well as drawings from old Walt Disney movies.

At night an art installation by Mario Merz lights up a side of the Mole with the first numbers of the Fibonacci sequence. The rest of the building is also dazzled in lights, and can be seen throughout much of the city.

The Mole Antonelliana is located next to the Royal Gardens, just north of the River Po. Both the elevator and museum have small admission fees; save money by purchasing the two tickets together. The museum and elevator are closed on Mondays.


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