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Three top things to do in Turin, Italy

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With a short stop in Turin, these three attractions are a must-see for international visitors:

1. Santuario Basilica La Consolata: The sanctuary of Mary the Comforter, closely linked to the worship of the Virgin Mary, is traced back to ancient origins. Dedicated originally to Sant’Andrea, it has existed since the 10th century. Of the medieval period there remain the bell-tower and perhaps the underground chapel of Madonna delle Grazie. The radical extensions were designed by Guarino Guarini (1678), while Filippo Juvarra added the oval presbytery (1729). The neoclassical facade dates from 1860; further additions were made in 1899-1904 under the guidance of Carlo Ceppi. The interior is designed to enhance the sumptuous high altar by Juvarra on which there are two adoring angels in white marble by Carlo Antonio Tantardini and the painting of the miraculous Virgin Mary.

2. Royal Church of San Lorenzo: The Royal Church of S. Lorenzo, which has been restored in connection with two past exhibitions of the Holy Shroud (in 1998 and in the year 2000) offers to the visitor, whether a regular or a casual one, the extraordinary sight of this jewel by Guarino Guarini.

3. Piazza San Carlo: The most beautiful square of Turin, already parade and market square, it keeps the 17th century look of harmonious uniformity given to it by the royal architect Carlo di Castellamonte (1642-1650).

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