In the heart of Rome stands Il Vittoriano, the huge marble monument to Italy's first king, Victor Emmanuel II (r. 1861-78).
The centrepiece of the monument is a colossal bronze equestrian statue of the king, which, at a height of 12 metres (40 feet), makes it the largest statue in the city.
The statue, which was cast in over a dozen pieces, was begun by Enrico Chiaradia and completed by Emilio Gallori.
Before all of the pieces were assembled a group of dignitaries toasted the creation of the statue in, of all places, the horse's cavernous belly.
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