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THE BASILICA OF SUPERGA

  Basilica of Superga  
 

Arriving to the Basilica is spellbound from its grandeur and from its harmony, the plant it is circular overhung by a dome tall 75 meters and it is tiled from two bell tower tall 60 meters. Looking at the Basilica of forehead, an imposing is noticed entrance to eight Corinthian columns. The inside, of plant to Greek cross, it is rich of decorations to plaster and of marbles used for the altars and the floor, all these decorations create some beautiful effects of light. The most greater altar has enriched from a marmoreal bas-relief of Bernardino Cametti that remembers the glorious battle for the liberation of Turin. Paintings and sculptures adorn the side chapels.

Basilica of Superga  
  Basilica of Superga

The Basilica was conceived and realized by Phillip Juavarra in 1717-1731, on order of the King Vittorio Amedeo II, which definite to devote this monument to the Virgo Maria as thanks to have helped its army, the piemontesi, to defeat the French-Spanish army, that besieged the city of Turin. It arouses particular interest the visit of the Real Graves where some members of the House of the Savoias as Vittorio Amedeo II and Charles Emanuele III were buried. To Superga is preserved, in the Room of the Popes, a harvest of portraits on cloth of all pontiffs of the history, departing from St. Pietro unique work to the world.

 
 

To the outside of the Basilica, in the back part, the walls can be seen destroyed by the impact of the airplane that transported the players of the "Great Taurus", of reentry from the travel allowance in Lisbon. Their memory is today still live, inside the Church with a museum in them honor and to the outside with a headstone, center of continuous pilgrimages of sportsmen and not.

The Basilica of Superga, rises on an east hill in Turin, it is able of to arouse in its visitors, a sense of peace and serenity. Other moment, that will excite you, will be the visit of the headstone devoted to the "Heroes of the Great Taurus."