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Built by the Sicilian sculptor Benedetto d’Amore in memory of the fallen in World War I, (1915-18), the monument was inaugurated in the presence of the King of Italy – Vittorio Emanuele III in 1926. The King immediately afterwards inaugurated the completely renovated Hospital of San Rocco, and the then, “Domenico Ridola” Royal Museum. The names of the two hundred and seventy-one soldiers from Matera who lost their lives during the First World War are written in black on the marble. On two rectangular blocks of marble, placed upon three steps there are three columns holding up an achitrave decorated with three bronze medallions, symbolising land, sea and sky weapons. On the sides of the columns there are two classical-style bronze statues representing the sacrifice of the heroes.


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