Sunday, June 25, 2006
EUR stands for the 'Esposizione Universale di Roma' and was built to represent an ideal city and proof of the cultural development of Italy under the country's fascist rulers of the time.
The area was developed for the 'Olimpiade della Civiltà' of 1942.
The event never happened, of course, but EUR remains a strikingly different part of the capital city and a short hop down via C. Colombo from Circo Massimo or a few stops on the Linea B metro.
Interestingly, the organization 'Ente EUR' retook control of the zone in 1951 and a new period of building completed what was started in the 1930's.
The project received further impetus when Rome was awarded the 1960 Olympic Games.
It is strange to think that much of the sporting venues and structures built for the games owed a lot to the original vision of EUR and in some way the plans and designs of the architects did eventually come to be realized.
Even today EUR is seen as a clean and modern residential area for many of the city's football players and diplomatic representatives.
Posted by Dario D'Onofrio at 1:09 AM