Neoclassical temple dedicated to Alessandro Volta
Alessandro Volta's "Temple", the Tempio Voltiano was inaugurated on 15th July 1928, it was built on the occasion of the first centenary of Alessandro Volta’s death (1745-1827). Francesco Somaini (1855-1939), owner of a cotton mill in Como and Member of Parliament had the idea of building a place devoted to the memory of the great physicist and to preserve his scientific tools and documents. He had painfully witnessed the ravaging fire that had destroyed the pavilions of the Great Exhibition arranged in Como for the first centenary of the invention of the electric battery, in the summer of 1799. Somaini provided all the necessary financial resources.The architect Federico Frigerio (1873-1959) was put in charge of the project. He believed that “to honour a man who was among the brightest glories of the Napoleonic Era” the most appropriate style would be the Neoclassical style.
The building was featured on the 10.000 Liras bill.
Phone: +39 031 574705
Tuesday to Sunday: 10am to 6pm
Closed on Mondays.
Closed January 1st, Easter Sunday, November 1st, December 25th e 26th
Open on Easter Monday, December 24th
Adults: 4 €
Three-day Museums Pass: 10 €. With this ticket, visitors can access all four Municipal Museums: Museo Giovio, Museo Garibaldi, Tempio Voltiano, Pinacoteca. This ticket can only be purchased with a credit or debit card and not with cash.
Due to renovating works the first floor of the building is currenlty closed.
The origins of the buildingVai all'articolo
Instruments of Volta's discoveries and inventionsVai all'articolo
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