mausoleo cesare battisti
mausoleo cesare battisti

Mausoleum of Cesare Battisti

On the Doss Trento stands the Mausoleum of Cesare Battisti, which towers over the entire city of Trento.

Cesare Battisti was an influential personality in the politics of the Trentino at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century, when the area still belonged to Austria-Hungary. He was convicted of high treason and executed in 1916. As an important figure of Italian Risorgimento irredentism and a national hero, a mausoleum was commissioned and built in honour of him in the 1920s and 1930s, designed by the Veronese architect Ettore Fagiuoli and inaugurated in 1935 in the presence of King Victor III.

The work, with a circular floor plan, is inspired by the classical period and consists of sixteen 14-metre-high columns carrying a marble crown. On the outside, so to speak in a defensive position, are four cannons.

The mausoleum can be reached via three entrances. Inside, in the so-called hypogeum, are the remains of the Trentino irredentist and a magnificent bust of him, made by the sculptor Eraldo Fozzer. Moreover, it is possible to follow the entire history and the most important events in the life of Cesare Battisti chronologically, in an interesting exhibition made possible thanks to the commitment of the Fondazione Museo Storico del Trentino foundation.

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