Monday, May 7, 2012

The Weird Shapes of Torino

While walking around Torino, I spotted some odd buildings and interesting geometry. A lot of Italy is pretty in a classical or romantic way so it was interesting to see these angular shapes. The Mole Antonelliana is a landmark in the city. Started as a huge Synagogue at the end of the 1800's, it now houses the National Museum of Cinema. One floor is dedicated to the science of optics, demonstrating the progression of inventions leading up to motion pictures. The main hall is dedicated to movies but the most amazing part of that, for me, was watching the glass elevator rise up from the basement, into the huge main hall and through a tiny hole in the ceiling. Of course I went. I was too stunned to photograph what it looks like to be so close to the giant walls at the top of the dome. You'll have to go and see for yourself. And then you get to see the city from the viewing deck. Totally worth 4 dollars and waiting in line with middle school kids.