The Mole Antonelliana is a major landmark building in Turin, Italy, named after its architect, Alessandro Antonelli. A mole in Italian is a building of monumental proportions. Construction began in 1863, soon after Italian unification, and was completed in 1889, after the architect's death.
Originally conceived of as a synagogue, and is believed to be the tallest museum in the world. A representation of the building is featured on the obverse of the Italian 2 cent euro coin. Catalan vaults are featured in the ceiling of the ground floor under the atrium, which are relatively rare in Italy but popular in Spain, where they originated.
At 167.5 m, the Mole Antonelliana was the tallest masonry building in Europe when it was completed and is still the world's tallest unreinforced brick building to this day. It has been home to the Museo Nazionale del Cinema (National Museum of Cinema) since 2000 and the museum is a must for cinema fans. The Mole's unique exhibition areas were created by Swiss set designer Francois Confino and both the interior and exterior were featured in Dopo Mezzanotte (After Midnight), an Italian film from 2004.
Certainly one of the most exciting Turin attractions, the Mole never fails to surprise and delight visitors. A panoramic lift was installed for its 100th-anniversary celebrations in 1961. Renovated in 1999, the glass lift rises 85 m through the centre of the cupola. From the 'small temple', visitors can enjoy sensational 360° views of the city and the distant Alps.
According to www.airdolomiti.eu & wikipedia