The Congress Palace


The modern garden city of the E.U.R. became an ideal centre for a group of sports venues which had been constructed not only because of the XVII Olympiad but also to meet the ever-increasing sports requirements of the capital.
The project for these buildings was originally drawn up in 1935 for the Universal Exhibition of Rome (E. U. R.), a gathering which was to be called the " Olympiad of Civilisation ", and more commonly known by the abbreviation of " E. 42 ".
The plans for " E. 42 " were based on maps of ancient Roman towns which even today are a guide to all good town-planning. At the time it was decided to create a large new quarter which would be both classical and modern in style as well as to achieve two objectives:— to organise an exceptional exhibition and, secondly, once the event was over, to use the buildings as premises for cultural, artistic and recreational Institutes. It was thus that a really important quarter came into being, comprising magnificent buildings such as:— the Palazzo dei Congressi (Congress Palace), the Palazzo delle Scienze (Palace of Sciences), the Palazzo delle Arti Antiche (Palace of Antique Arts) and the Palazzo della Civilizzazione Italiana e delle Tradizioni Popolari (Palace of Italian Civilisation and Popular Traditions). All these are at present the headquarters of important Associations, cultural Institutes and Museums.