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Tempio Voltiano, Como

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
The Tempio Voltiano (Italian; Volta Temple in English) is a museum in the city of Como, Italy that is dedicated to Alessandro Volta, a prolific scientist and the inventor of the electrical battery. Volta was born in Como in 1745, held his first professorship there until 1779, and retired to Como in 1819.

The neoclassical building was designed by Federico Frigerio (1873–1959). It was completed in 1927 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the scientist's death, but it was inaugurated only in 1928. It hosts a collection of scientific instruments used by the physicist including his early voltaic piles (batteries). The first floor has a display of his personal belongings and his awards.

In 1984 the museum was featured on the back of the 10,000 lire banknote. Volta's portrait was depicted on the front of the same banknote. The notes circulated until 2001, when the Euro notes replaced them. Banknotes based on the Italian lira have since been replaced by notes denominated in Euros.

Near the Tempio Voltiano are the new statue by Daniel Libeskind named Life Electric and the Faro Voltiano. both dedicated to Volta.

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  • Who doesn’t know Alessandro Volta, the most famous citizen of Como? Well, entering this little but beautiful building you will have a journey through this life and what he discovered. Very...  more »
  • The temple is nice, located on the quay and in a park, beautiful architecture. Unfortunately it was closed when we were passing through Como  more »
  • The temple is at the very end of one of the "arms" of Como lake, which very beautiful! So only with that, you will have a great view! It's located in a small park with some green where there are always tourists passing by, locals walking with their kids, dogs, etc. There are some benches where you can enjoy the view, the weather and maybe do some reading as I did. :) I really enjoyed my time there and recommend in case you are in Como. Definitely worth it.
  • A simple but worthy tribute to one of my favorite homonyms, and, as a plus, sited in a street named after my favorite engineer from bologna (where I'm also from:-).

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