War Memorial of Musocco

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War Memorial of Musocco in Piazzale Santorre di Santarosa viewed from south at the cross of Viale Espinasse

The War Memorial of Musocco commemorates the fallen of old town of Musocco during the First World War. Musocco incorporated in Milan in 1923. It's located in Piazzale Santorre di Santarosa into Quartiere Varesina covering all the four directions of the square, and it's clearly visible along Viale Espinasse.

The monument was inaugurated in 1924[1] and is the work of Ugo Prat.

It stands on a plinth surmounted by an iron crown while in the west and east stand two statues of women in marble. On the base two bas-reliefs in bronze complete the work.

A bed surrounds the monument and on it, under the statues, two commemorative stones list the names of the fallen.

In 2008, after the plaques with the names of the fallen had become illegible, the monument was restored.[2][3]

Two statues[edit]

East: Italy statue with the written Musocco ai suoi gloriosi caduti on the marble
West: The statue with in hand the book Storia, History

The statue to the east, towards Via De Rossi, represents Italy and the marble is inscribed: Musocco ai suoi caduti, Musocco its glorious fallen.

The second woman to the west, towards Via Galliari, has a book in her hand entitled, Storia, meaning History; below, on the marble, it shows the dates in Roman numerals of the beginning and end of World War I for Italy: XXIV-V-MCMXV IV-XI-MCMXVIII.

Bas-reliefs[edit]

From south: the death of a soldier

On the base to the south, the direction of Piazzale Accursio, a bronze bas-relief representing the figure of Jesus illuminating a soldier in the moment of death, fallen in sacrifice for Italy.

From north: the soldiers attend the mass

To the north the second bas-relief representing a mass when the celebrant, facing the altar, raises the Eucharist. A gathering of soldiers in uniforms and helmets attends the ceremony, commemorating the sacrifice of those who died for their country. The setting takes is outdoors, showing a tree behind the altar.

Commemorative stones[edit]

North: the plaque with the fallen names, from Agostoni to Gatti
South: commemorative stone of Musocco War Memorial with names of fallen between Gerosa and Villa

Two commemorative stones list the names of the fallen in the bed under the statues.

On the north side, names between Agostoni and Gatti are displayed, while the south holds the rest, from Gerosa to Villa names.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Antonio Iosa, Memoria storica e rinnovo urbano, I quartieri della zona 20 (Prima del Ponte Palizzi), "Historical memory and urban renewal, The neighborhood of 20th zone (Before Palizzi Bridge)" - 2nd Volume, Pages 486-487
  2. ^ Caduti del Musocco Terminato il restauro, "Fallen of Musocco, Restore is ended", Comune di Milano, 29 dicembre 2008
  3. ^ La vittoria di Severina: tornano alla luce i nomi dei caduti del Musocco, "The Severina's victory, the names of Musocco's fallen coming back", Corriere della Sera 30 dicembre 2008

Coordinates: 45°30′2.62″N 9°8′23.1″E / 45.5007278°N 9.139750°E / 45.5007278; 9.139750