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Italian Cemetery, El Alamein, Matruh, Egypt

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Location Category ID:
28550
Added to Database:
7 February 2010
Last Edited:
7 February 2010
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Official Website: Il Sacrario Militare di El Alamein
Military Shrine of El Alamein
Other Links: Tour Egypt
Paolo Caccia Dominioni
Latitude, Longitude: 30.9013 , 28.83726
Location Accuracy: 9
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There is an Italian military shrine located near El Alamein. It is generally referred to as the ‘Italian Cemetery’ but actually consists of a shrine, a complex of memorial buildings, and a large mausoleum. This mausoleum is known as ‘Quota 33’ and consists of an octagonal tower tapering upwards from a large pavilion at its base. Inside are the remains of 5,200 Italian dead. The memorial buildings include an Ascari Libyan cemetery and mosque, an entrance porch and Court of Honour, and a small museum with memorabilia and information on the task of collecting the remains of the dead.
The shrine complex was designed by Paolo Caccia Dominioni, a former Italian engineer officer and a battalion commander during the fighting in Egypt. After the War he took on the task of recovering as many soldiers’ bodies from the desert as possible, regardless of their nationality, and despite the constant danger of mines. During 20 years many thousands of fallen soldiers were identified and received a proper burial due to his efforts.

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