War Memorial

Opened by Italy's fascist government in 1935, the Pocol Sacario Militare is a necessary stop on any visit to the Cortina area. Besides it's moving subject matter, the views of Cortina in the valley below from 5,000 feet and the mighty Tofane Group to the north are stunning.

Fresco at the Memorial

A few more details about the memorial. There are 9,770 fallen interred at the Sacario including 4455 unknown Italian soldiers and 87 from the Austrian-Hungarian forces. Four Italian heroes have special tombs. It contains a renowned fresco of a fallen soldier that shows up frequently in histories of the Italian Front.

View of Cortina d'Ampezzo

Sources and Thanks: Photos and details from Italian Tourism Sites.

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