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Cathedral of St John the Baptist – Turin

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Turin’s Duomo is dedicated to St John the Baptist. The cathedral is dated back to the 15th century; it was built next to a Romanesque campanile.

 The famous Chapel of the Holy Shroud was added to the Duomo at the end of the 17th century in order to accommodate the Shroud of Turin, property of the Savoy Family since the 15th century.

The Duomo was built where once stood a Roman theater. Originally three churches were erected on the spot; however at the end of the 15th century they were demolished and the modern Cathedral was built.

The baroque architect Filippo Juvarra was hired to remodel the Duomo in order to create a space dedicated to the Shroud. He designed a chapel with an oval form and a new dome. However the Dome took almost three decades in order to be completed.

The Duomo is today considered one of the most popular Turin’s buildings; it is one of the few example of Renaissance art survived in the city. The beautiful white marble façade is a perfect example of this style.

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The interior is richly decorated thanks to the works of many artists of different periods. The beautiful Tribuna Reale, Royal Tribune, was designed by Simone Martinez during the 18th century for Carlo Emanuele III di Savoia.

A terrible fire heavily damaged the building in 1997; luckily the Shroud was saved by the firefighters. A renovation started immediately and a new case was built to display the Shroud.

 

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.

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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.