Mole Antonelliana, Torino

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    Going up?

    by mightyknight Written Feb 9, 2005

    When visiting the Mole, you can do more than just visiting the Cinema Museum inside. You can also take the lift straight to the top of the building.
    When you get there, about 85 meters high you can delight yourself with a 360º view of the whole city from above, and (if you're lucky enough to have a clean sunny day) of the closest alpine mountains as well.
    While the lift takes you up and down, thanks to its transparent walls, you can also have a different perspective of the museum from the inside.
    That's a very nice experience. The price varies between 2,60 and 3,60 euros, but it gets cheaper if you buy it together with the museum ticket. It is free for children under 10 years old.

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    The famous Mole and the Cinema Museum

    by mightyknight Written Feb 9, 2005
    The Mole by night

    The Mole Antonelliana is, for sure, the most emblematic structure in the city of Torino. About 167 meters high, it can be easily seen from almost everywhere in the city centre, since it it significantly higher than the surrounding buildings. At the time of its construction, it became the highest brick building in the whole world.
    Inside the building, you can find the Cinema National Museum, one of the best in the world. Here you can spend hours following a fantastic and interactive itinerary along the history of cinema and the early experiments in light properties and projection. You can also watch several movies, sitting on a comfortable chair, or become a living part in one of many famous cinema scenariums. There are also several photos and objects of interest.
    In the meantime you can admire the inner architecture of the building and follow the panoramic lift going up to the top.
    It's a must see for sure. You won't regret it.

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    national cinema museum

    by pink63 Written Dec 23, 2004

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    To celebrate the history of cinema, from its origins to today, the National Museum of Cinema offers visitors numerous exhibits and multimedia displays. The Museum couldn’t have a better location – it is housed in the famous Mole Antonelliana. One of the most interesting exhibits is the collection of pre-cinema objects belonging to the Prolo Foundation (which founded the museum in 1941). The main and central room is dominated by the golden idol of the film “Cabiria” by Giovanni Pastrone. Five floors, which wind around the central room, lead you through the history of cinema (from the magic lamps to digital film).

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    Mole Antonelliana

    by karadoc Written Dec 8, 2003
    Mole landscape from Monte dei Cappuccini

    This is Turin?s awesome and original symbol. The Mole was designed by architect Alessandro Antonelli and built between 1863 and 1889. Originally the Mole was supposed to be a Jewish temple, but the structure was later bought by the City of Turin. Today the Mole is the site of the National Museum of Cinema (which used to be housed at Palazzo Chiablese). The Mole Antonelliana is 167.5 meters tall, and atop the cupola stands the bright and controversial sculpture by Mario Merz entitled ?Il volo dei numeri? (the flight of numbers). The panoramic elevator, which takes you to the balcony 85 meters above the ground in 59 seconds, gives a fantastic view of Turin. Very near the Po.

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    by stephenshephard Updated Oct 28, 2003
    Mole Antonelliana, Turin

    What a bizarre building. It looks like some kind of tower with the bottom chopped off. This is the Turin icon, designed as a synagogue but now home to the National Museum of Cinema.

    This is a fantastic museum - full of kids of all ages playing with kinetoscopes, stereoscopes, what-the-butler-saw machines, steps in the development of moving pictures. At its heart is a kind of cathedral of cinema, the central space surrounded by little chapel-like areas dedicated to different genres. For example, to get to the comedy area, you enter through a fridge. Inside you watch film clips seated on a toilet. Every now and then blinds are raised allowing daylight to flood the building and revealing the exhibits on the upper levels. You can also take a glass lift all the way up through the centre to a viewing gallery at the top of the Mole for fantastic views of Turin.

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    Mole Antonelliana

    by sierralyndon Written May 2, 2003

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    The symbol of Turn, with its "square dome" towers over the city. The dome is actually featured on Italy's version of the Euro 2 cent coin.

    The building houses the National Museum of Cinema.

    You can buy tickets for the lift to the viewing platform at the base of the spire and tickets to the museum separately.

    The lift experience was amazing!!! It is transparent and zooms you up through the museum which has a funky, dark red glow. As you move up through the centre of the building, you climb through the different floors of the museum.

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    by Galahad Written Feb 25, 2003

    The highest traditional brick building in the world at 167 metres. You can go up in a glass lift for 85 metres and go out on to one of the platforms and survey the town beneath you. Open Tues to Fri 10.00 to 20.00, Sat 10.00 to 23.00, Sun 10.00 to 20.00

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    Mole Antonelliana, a high...

    by LittleWonder Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Mole Antonelliana, a high tower which serves as a symbol of the city.
    From the top of the tower you have a magnificent view over the city and the river Po. On clear days you can see the Alps with the famous Monte Bianco on one side and the Monte Rosa on the other side.

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    Excellent View of the City and Surroundings

    by Indyjack Updated Dec 21, 2004

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    The MOLE ANTONELLIANA has an observation deck from which you can see the entire city and also the mountains. A must see when you're in Torino.

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