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 almost identical churches, facing Piazza San Carlo, both built in XVII century. You won't miss them as you'll be walking thru Piazza San Carlo as one of the most important places in Turin.  more »
  • One of the two baroque churches with identical facades overlooking Piazza San Carlo. The Church was built on the orders of Christine de Bourbon, daughter of Henry of Navarre and Marie de Medici, has a long and very interesting history of the temple was reconstructed several times, but now restored virtually in its original form.
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  • Every time I pass to Piazza San Carlo, I remain entranced by the beauty of these two churches, so alike and so different at the same time. Inside are not very big, with some statues and frescoes. Beautiful two rosettes!
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