In this chapter we discuss the Pasubio Shrine, one of the Vicenza monuments dedicated to the fallen of the First World War.
The Pasubio Shrine or better known as Ossuary of Pasubio is a monument dedicated to the fallen of the First World War, located not far from Pian delle Fugazze on the Bellavista hill, which dominates Val Leogra.
Visible from all over the Vicenza plain, the Ossuary of Pasubio, together with the Military Shrine of Mount Grappa, the Ossuary of Tonezza del Cimone and the Military Shrine of Asiago, are the four monuments dedicated to those killed in the post-war period and which have become a symbol of the territory , in fact they appear in one of the four quarters of the coat of arms of the province of Vicenza.
The Pasubio Shrine has its origins in 1917, when the surviving Italian First Army soldiers decided to build a shrine, that is, a small temple, to the Immaculate Madonna, with the permission of the bishop of Vicenza.
After setting up a committee chaired by the bishop, he developed the idea of building an ossuary shrine on Mount Pasubio. For the realization of the project, the architect Ferruccio Chemello was offered, who worked for free to honor the memory of the alpine son killed on Mount Ortigara.
The mighty 35-meter high building was built in two parts, the ossuary and the shrine. The ossuary, obtained from the base of the tower includes a central crypt where the remains of 70 decorated with military value are collected and the body of General Guglielmo Pecori Giraldi, commander of the First Army, instead in the upper part we find the chapel, with artistic decorations at windows and frescoes, a terrace with balustrade surrounding the tower, from where you can enjoy a wonderful panorama of the entire valley below.
The foundation stone was laid on 1 July 1920 by the archbishop of Trento Mons. Endricci, with the presence of General Pecori Giraldi and many authorities. The gray and black rock used comes from a quarry on the slopes of Mount Cornetto, and transported by cableway to the square, instead the white marble blocks come from the Piovene Rocchette quarries. In the ossuary area there is a small museum renovated in 2005, dedicated to the First World War.
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