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The Superga Basilica in Turin

 

Basilica di Superga Torino

The Superga basilica was built by Victor Amadeus II of Savoy as a consequence of a vow he had made. Having climbed to the top of Superga hill before facing Louis XIV’s French army, he addressed the Virgin Mary to petition for her mercy in granting them this victory and thus keep Turin and the whole of Piedmont independent.

Construction work on the Basilica went on for over 14 years, from 1717 to 1731. Under the supervision of the Messina-born architect and abbot Filippo Juvarra, the existing church was torn down and Superga hill was lowered by 40 m.

The Basilica attracts tourists and pilgrims from all over the world. The church dome affords a truly breathtaking view. The church also offers architectural masterpieces and figurative artworks provided by the Savoy family to adorn the basilica and some of its lay parts.

The Sanctuary and its complex are also a favourite among pilgrims and guest quarters are available, run by the monks from the Ordine dei Servi di Maria (Order of Mary’s Servants).
Appropriate clothing is recommended when visiting the Basilica and the museum’s rooms (royal tombs, etc.).
It is cooler inside the crypts than it is outside.

Information
Basilica di Superga
Tel: 0039.011.8997456
Fax: 0039.011.8903833
E-Mail: bookshop@basilicadisuperga.com

You can visit also :

Tombe Reali dei Savoia

Cupola - Dome

Appartamenti Reali

Salone del Re

Museo del Grande Torino

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Royal Tombs of the Savoy family
The crypt beneath the basilica gathers approximately 70 burial places of the Savoy family and it is one of the family’s largest mausoleums. The burial places are adorned with statues and marble work.
The 30-minute tours are guided by the Basilica’s own welcoming staff. Reservations are recommended but not compulsory

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Dome
A flight of 131 steps takes you up to the dome’s balustrade, which offers a beautiful view of the surroundings. There are no lifts of any kind, so the winding staircase must also be used on the way down. Maximum stay in the dome is 20 minutes.

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Royal apartments
A primitive project entailed the construction of a palace reserved for the Savoy family right next to the Basilica.
Once the original idea was discarded, the family was given a number of rooms within the Basilica itself, on the first floor, and which are now open to the public.
Visits are only organised for groups of at least 20 people subject to booking.

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The King’s Quarters
This is where the Savoy family used to luncheon on 8th September, to celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary.
Recent restoration work has brought the room back to its original splendour. The room is also referred to as the “Salone del bozzetto” (sketch room), as this is where the wooden model of the Superga Basilica made by Carlo Maria Ugliengo is kept.
The 30-minute tours are guided by the Basilica’s own welcoming staff.


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Grande Torino Museum
Two historic rooms house a museum which commemorates the Grande Torino team.
The Memoria Storica Granata Association has grouped together photographs, memorabilia and accounts here. A tombstone outside the Basilica indicates the location where the aircraft accident took place on 4th May 1949.

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What to see in Turin

» Superga Basilica
» Rivalta Castle
» Cortile del Maglio - ex Arsenale Militare (The coolest and most avant-guard night clubs in Turin)
» Galleria Sabauda - Savoy Gallery
» Lingotto
» Mole Antonelliana
» Museo Egizio - Egyptian museum
» Museo dell'automobile - Car museum
» Museo della Sacra Sindone - Museum of Shroud
» Orto Botanico - Botanical Garden
» Palazzo Madama
» The Royal Palace - Palazzo Reale
» Palaisozaki & Punti di Vista
» Archaeological park in the "Quadrilatero"
» Turin platform and the Red Arch (La "Passerella" e l'Arco Rosso)
» Piazza Vittorio
» Dora district: Dora Park; Media Village; Environment Park; Chiesa del Santo Volto
» The Spina Centrale: the fountains-Igloo by Mario Merz; Opera per Torino by Per Kirkeby; Albero Giardino by Giuseppe Pennone

Main Attractions in the surroundings of Turin

» Moncalieri Castle
» San Giorgio Canavese Castle
» Stupinigi Hunting Lodge in Nichelino
» Reggia Venaria Reale

Events in the surroundings of Turin