Altare della Patria at Sunset

Sunset On Altare Della PatriaThe majesty of the National Monument to the first king of a unified Italy.

Here’s a glimpse of the eternal city of Rome. It’s a shot of the Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland), also known as Il Vittoriano, one of the largest monuments in Rome. Located near Piazza Venezia, this majestic structure was designed by Italian architect Giuseppe Sacconi in honour of Victor Emmanuel II (Vittorio Emanuele II di Savoia), the first king of a united Italy. It houses the tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Milite Ignoto) and its eternal flame which burns under the white statue of the ancient goddess Roma, a mythological character representing the Roman Empire.

With its sculptures, bas-reliefs and Corinthian columns, reminiscences of the linear harmony of Greek classical architecture, the Altare della Patria is a paradise for architectural photography lovers. Especially at sunset, when the clean white marble turns pink, painted by the last rays of the evening sun.

This photo was taken with a simple digital camera, a Canon PowerShot A3300 IS, that I’m using to prove one of my theories: What makes the difference in photography is the photographer’s eye, not the equipment. Sure, a good quality camera and lens, a nice subject and a bit of luck are important too, but the backbone of a good picture is the cut of the shot!

One thought on “Altare della Patria at Sunset

  1. Jamont

    you’re right, the camera do not do the photographer … the Altare dela patria does not attract me to photograph, maybe its so much solemnity and intimidated me?


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