Monument to Fallen Partisans

Monument in Bologna

Biblioteca Sala Borsa
CC BY-SA 4.0 / Pietro Luca Cassarino

During your visit to Bologna’s Fountain of Neptune, take a moment to direct your gaze slightly northwest towards the east-facing wall of Palazzo d’Accursio. There, you will discover a poignant memorial dedicated to the fallen partisans of Bologna’s resistance movement during World War II.

This memorial originated shortly after the city’s liberation, as indicated by its topmost inscription. Initially, family members of partisans who had lost their lives in the square began adorning the wall with photographs of their loved ones, accompanied by flowers and funeral tributes. Over time, this impromptu memorial expanded to include more than 2,000 brave men and women from Bologna who were killed while actively participating in the resistance movement. Today, their images are preserved behind glass panels, silently observing those who pass by.

It is worth noting that the memorial gained significant recognition when an image of it was prominently featured on the cover of the album “Harmony in Ultraviolet” by Canadian composer Tim Hecker, released in 2006.


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Visiting Monument to Fallen Partisans

Address: Biblioteca Salaborsa, Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes

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