Ossuary

Incense 1

At the end of the first World War, Italy had to cope with the remains of more than 600,000 war dead, men whose bones needed a resting place and whose sacrifice cried out to be honored. In 1920, an open competition was held to design appropriate cemeteries and memorials. The design above, an ossuary and memorial in one, was submitted by Enrico Agostino Griffini and Paolo Mezzanotte, and entitled a “Monumento al Fante,” a monument to the fallen. I especially like the braziers, suggestive of eternal flames and incense rising to the heavens.

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