In the 1930s Mussolini had the Pontine Marshes drained and ordered the construction of new towns, under the aegis of architects of the "Italian Movement for Rationalist Architecture". Sabaudia was built as part of that initiative, completed within 253 days and inaugurated with great ceremony on 15 April 1934 by King Vittore Emmanuele III and Queen Elena of Montenegro. Held in close association with the town, the Duce can be spotted among the figures harvesting wheat in the large mosaic by Ferrazi that decorates the façade of the Church of the Holy Annunciation.
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