Victor Hugo - Villa Borghese Gardens - Roma, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member denben
N 41° 54.789 E 012° 28.970
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Quick Description: The speech of Victor Hugo in honor of Giuseppe Garibaldi is inscribed on the base of the statue of the French poet located in the gardens of the Villa Borghese in Rome.
Location: Lazio, Italy
Date Posted: 6/26/2019 2:29:46 PM
Waymark Code: WM10VDQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
The monument to Victor Hugo was made in 1905 by the sculptor Lucien Pallez (1853-1933). It was donated by the Franco-Italian League and inaugurated on May 5, 1905.

It represents the French writer standing, wrapped in a large cloak, and at his feet is a lion, a symbol of the strength of genius. The figure is pensive and his right hand leans on a large lyre.

On the rectangular marble base, the name of Victor Hugo is engraved in large characters. Under the name, we read the following words, pronounced in 1860 by the illustrious poet in a speech in favor of Garibaldi: "Quel triomphe! quel avènement! quel merveilleux phénomène que l'unité de l'Italie, traversant d'un seul éclair cette variété magnifique de villes sœurs Milan, Turin, Gènes, Florence, Bologne, Pise, Sienne, Vérone, Parme, Palerme, Messine, Naples, Venise, Rome!»

Translation: "What a triumph! what a wonder! what a wonderful phenomenon that the unity of Italy, crossing in a single flash this magnificent variety of sister cities Milan, Turin, Genoa, Florence, Bologna, Pisa, Siena, Verona, Parma, Palermo, Messina, Naples, Venice, Rome!"

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Villa Borghese, 00197 Roma, Italy

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