Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Mole Antonelliana Elevator, Turino, Italy

During are trip to Torino we saw the Mole Antonelliana by the architect Alessandro Antonelli. Construction on this major landmark for Turino began in 1863 when it was originally intented to be a Jewish synagogue. Today, it is the home of Italy's National Museum of Film, can be found on the back of the 2 euro coin, and was the symbol for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turino. The top of the tower give tourists the best view of the city as a whole. The most intriguing part was the means of arriving on top of this builidng. The elevator has no shaft and lifts people over 13 stories on cabling alone. Video of this phenomenon can be found here.


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