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La Consolata – Turin

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The Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Consolation, simply known as La Consolata, is an important Marian Sanctuary. Located in central Turin it has a long history.

During the 5th century a church dedicated to St Andrew was built where today is situated La Consolata. Inside the church there was a small chapel that housed an icon of the Virgin. Immediately the icon became very popular; many miracles were attributed to the Virgin.  In particular a legend says that during the 12th century a blind pilgrim was given back his vision while praying in front of the icon.

Due to its popularity the Church was rebuilt many times in order to be able to accommodate all the pilgrims. During the second half of the 17th century a major renovation transformed the church in what we can admire today. The church nave was given a unique elliptical shape; a north presbytery was added too. The neoclassical façade and portico where built during the second half of the 19th century.

Things to see

The interior of the church that we can see today it is a beautiful example of the rococo style.

Because the renovations took place in different periods La Consolata showcases a unique collection of style. A Roman wall, Romanesque campanile, baroque domes and a neoclassical portico: this exceptional mix of styles gives the church her inimitable look!

Every year at the end of June a procession is dedicated to the icon of the Virgin.