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Stazione di Roma Ostiense: Via Adolf Hitler

14 July 2009

Author : jeanne-salome-rochat

Roma Ostiense railway station is a train station in Piazza dei Partigiani serving the Ostia district of Rome, a short distance from the Porta San Paolo. To commemorate the forthcoming visit of Adolf Hitler to Rome in 1938, the station was built, replacing an existing rural rail station, with the aim of creating a monumental station to receive the German dictator in a decidedly “Roman” way. A new road was also built to connect the station with Porta San Paolo – this was initially named Via A. Hitler but, after the Second World War, it was renamed Viale delle Cave Ardeatine.
(By the way, Hitler’s visit to Rome is cinematically recreated in director Ettore Scola’s film Una giornata particolare, who also used archived news reel footage showing the actual meeting between Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Victor Emanuel III: it is really worth watching!)
The station was designed by the official designer for the Italian state railway company, Roberto Narducci. In addition to being built in the architectural style favored by Hitler, the design of the station’s marble facade was almost identical to that of the Italian pavilion at the 1942 Rome World’s Fair (a design never carried out due to the Second World War). The station building was inaugurated on October 28, 1940.
See how it the building looked like shorly after its completion:

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