"Mole Antonelliana" Mole Antonelliana Tip by stephenshephard

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  Mole Antonelliana, Turin
by stephenshephard

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.

Address: Via Montebello
Directions: It can be quite hard to see until you are almost there, as there are some tall buildings around it.
Phone: +39 011 813 8511
Website: http://www.museonazionaledelcinema.it

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  • Updated Oct 28, 2003
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