The centrepiece of the monument is a 21 metre-tall granite obelisk. Atop of the obelisk stands a gilded bronze statue of a lady, holding out a laurel wreath as if placing it upon the head of the nation.(Not Shown)
At the foot of the obelisk are two (ungilded) bronze figures, representing those Luxembourgish soldiers that volunteered to serve for France during WW1; one lies at the base of the statue, having died in service of his country, whilst the other sits, mourning his dead compatriot.
The temple was begun in 141 by the Emperor Antoninus Pius and was intitially dedicated to his deceased and deified wife,Annia Galeria Faustina, more familiarly referred to as Faustina the Elder.
When Antoninus Pius was deified after his death in 161, the temple was re-dedicated jointly to Antoninus and Faustina at the instigation of his successor, Marcus Aurelius.
It stands in the Forum Romanum, on the Via Sacra.
The deep grooves in the temple's columns are said to date to a medieval attempt to dismantle the pillared portico, either for spolia or to destroy what was then still seen as a pagan temple.
The Royal Gates of Versailles were torn down during the French Revolution more than two centuries ago. They have recently been recreated over a two year period at a cost of 5 million euros.
Including 100,000 gold leaves, the replica 80 metre steel gate was sandblasted and zinc plated during its construction.
Very nice view, like! Thx for visiting! Greetings, vale
V & L :)
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Best greetings from Taiwan , MaxLo
Very beutiful picture,like1, and VOTE,
Gretings from VENEZUELA.