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Chiese di San Carlo e Santa Cristina, Turin

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Santa Cristina is a Baroque style, Roman Catholic church located in Turin, region of Piedmont, Italy. It mirrors the adjacent church of San Carlo and faces the Piazza San Carlo. The arrangement recalls the twin churches (chiese gemelle) of Santa Maria dei Miracoli (1681) and Santa Maria in Montesanto (1679) facing the Piazza del Popolo in Rome.HistoryThe original layout was designed in 1620 by the architect Carlo di Castellamonte, and construction pursued until 1639. The project was only completed between 1715-1718, under the guidance of Filippo Juvarra, including the facade elaborately decorated with ovals and details with statues of saints and allegories of the virtues. The adjacent convent housed nuns of the Order of the Discalced Carmelites. In 1802, the order was suppressed in Turin by Napoleonic forces. The interiors were modified in the 19th-century and after the bombardments of World War two.
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  • Two beautiful churches located in. same square a must visit location Overall rating 9
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  • The churches of Santa Cristina and San Carlo are located on the South side of Piazza San Carlo. Very impressive effect, the Churches seem to be identical and therefore are called twins, but in fact they are not, it would be more correct to say that one is copying the other. the first building (San Carlo) with belfry was built in 1600, first, and then after about twenty years the second (Santa Cristina); both churches were devoid of façade. In the early 18th century was built the façade of Santa Cristina and over a century after copy to San Carlo. Inside there are beautiful sculptures and works of art.
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  • Two great baroque churches in piazza San Carlo. Santa Cristina was built from designs by Juvarra and Castellamonte, while San Carlo the attribution of the Bill is uncertain. Very nice both the Interior and the façade. Well worth a visit.
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