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Music kiosk: photo description (Il Chiosco della Musica)

The music kiosk is a popular tourist attraction in the city of Rapallo. Located right in the center of the promenade Vittorio Veneto, the kiosk is a unique building in the art Nouveau style that has no analogues in the whole Ligurian Riviera. It is reminiscent of the elegant pavilions in the gardens of the famous European spas the times of the Belle époque (the period between 1890 and 1914).

The music kiosk was opened in November 1929, the year the will of the former inhabitants of Rapallo, who emigrated to Chile, they wanted to give their hometown a suitable place for holding musical concerts. Went to South America, the Italians began fundraising for the construction of the pavilion, and in just three years managed to raise the necessary funds.

The drawing of the kiosk, made by geometer Luigi Devoto, involves the construction of the structure with a diameter of 10 meters and a height of 9 meters, with twelve columns supporting the dome. Inside the dome was decorated with wonderful frescoes by Professor Giovanni Grifo, the master, who had previously made a significant contribution to the decoration of the facade of "HotelSavoy and other buildings. His mural is a veritable anthology of the most prominent composers - here you can see Verdi, Bellini, Rossini, Beethoven, Boito, Gluck, Mozart, Berlioz and others, and the allegorical image of their famous works. In the medallions on the arches depict Bach, Spontini, Pergolesi, Donizetti, Monteverdi, Handel, Haydn, Puccini, etc., the Kiosk is a true temple of music, which in the 1930-ies could offer residents and guests of the Rapallo concerts of classical and contemporary music for piano and strings. Listeners, as a rule, settled down on chairs around the kiosk.

During the Second World war, the music kiosk was used by German troops as a warehouse for storing sacks of cement for the construction of antilanding wall. Exploding near a bomb shattered columns of the kiosk, and the salt and moisture seriously damaged fresco.

The aim of the recent restoration of the music kiosk was the restoration and preservation of murals, in addition, was equipped to the adjoining Piazza Martiri della libertà, paved with stone and given to pedestrians. In the course of these works were also discovered fragments of the ancient piers, over which was built the glass pyramid, making them partly accessible to the public.

The territory where today stands music stand, has always been known as "Marina delle Barca" (boat dock), and the buildings surrounding Piazza Martiri della libertà, belonged to the local fishermen, and their steps were once washed by sea waves.