ANTONELLI, Alessandro
(b. 1798, Ghemme, d. 1788, Maggiora)

Exterior view

1863-89
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Mole Antonelliana, Turin

The Mole Antonelliana is a major landmark building in Turin, Italy, named after its architect, Alessandro Antonelli. A mole in Italian is a building of monumental proportions.

Construction began in 1863, soon after Italian unification, and was completed in 1889, after the architect's death. Originally conceived as a synagogue, it now houses the Museo Nazionale del Cinema, and is the tallest unreinforced brick building in the world (built without a steel girder skeleton).