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Volta Temple – Como


Volta Temple - Lombardia - Italy
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Volta Temple - Lombardia - ItalyThe scientific museum dedicated to Alessandro Volta and his works
The Volta Temple
is a scientific museum dedicated to the memory of Alessandro Volta (1745-1827), an illustrious physicist who was born in Como.
It is located in Como, on the shore of the lake at the end of Viale Guglielmo Marconi.

It is the most visited museum in Como and hosts a permanent exhibition dedicated to Alessandro Volta and his scientific work. It is divided into 15 display cabinets containing a total of 234 artifacts including ancient scientific instruments related to the physics experiments carried out by Volta, from the invention of the battery to the electrology, the study of gases and their properties.
Some display cabinets contain the original honors received by Volta and a selection of the celebratory materials disseminated in Europe in the two centuries following his death.

The Temple was inaugurated in 1928, on the occasion of the centenary of the death of the great physicist, by Francesco Somaini’s will, cotton industrialist and patron, who financed its construction and donated it to the city.
The museum was designed as a neoclassical temple by the Como architect Federico Frigerio, recalling the shapes and image of the Roman Pantheon.

The building of Volta Temple has a quadrilateral shape and an imposing base about 2 meters high, designed to protect it from any flooding of the lake. It is connected by a large Corinthian pronaos which leads to the circular hall of almost 12 meters in diameter surmounted by a high dome. In the center a stained glass window, supported by four corner pillars and eight marble columns. The floor is a mosaic of marble, onyx and alabaster.

Entrance with a fee

Opening hours
Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays
– winter time, 10.00am > 12.00pm, 2.00pm> 4.00pm
– summer time, 10.00am > 12.00pm, 3.00pm> 6.00pm

Photos from the Facebook page of the Como Civic Museums and from VisitComo website

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