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The Danteum

Commisioned by Benito Mussolini in 1938 and designed by Giuseppe Terragni to dominate the Roman Forum,

the Danteum was never built. It was conceived of as a monument to Dante and hence, by association,

to the glory of Italian culture. It is perhaps the purest example of modern fantasy architecture, as it is designed

to be an allegorical and geometrical translation in three dimensional space of the journey of Dante's Divine Comedy.