Built in the Baroque style, Church of San Lorenzo housed the Holy Shroud after its arrival from Chambéry. While the exterior is somewhat plain, the interior is richly decorated with marble columns and statues. Staff members at the church are happy to answer your questions, or you can hire a guide for additional details on the site. For Church of San Lorenzo and beyond, use our Turin day trip planner to get the most from your Turin vacation.
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Church of San Lorenzo reviews
Baroque intimate small and cool Church so come in and sit and cool Down on a hot day, contemplate the ceilings and cupola . Beautiful
Baroque intimate small and cool Church so come in and sit and cool Down on a hot day, contemplate the ceilings and cupola . Beautiful more »
Fantastic example baroque architecture. It is unique that you experience it in normal light so it is a little dark but and every turn you will be amazed it is worth the stop without a doubt
Fantastic example baroque architecture. It is unique that you experience it in normal light so it is a little dark but and every turn you will be amazed it is worth the stop without a doubt more »
This is indeed an excellent example of baroque architecture. But without all too many little angels or gold dazzling you. Okay, you can sit here for half an hour and still discover new elements. But..... more
This is indeed an excellent example of baroque architecture. But without all too many little angels or gold dazzling you. Okay, you can sit here for half an hour and still discover new elements. But..... more »
One of the most awe inspiring buildings I have been to. So much history is worked into the architecture and exquisite decor. The design allows natural light into the building all day and the acoustics are simply heavenly.
Beautiful church. Has copy of shroud to view. Free entry
San Lorenzo, also known as the Royal Church of Saint Lawrence (Italian: Real Chiesa di San Lorenzo), is a Baroque-style church in Turin, adjacent to the Royal Palace of Turin. The present church was designed and built by Guarino Guarini during 1668–1687. Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy, was one of the leaders of the Habsburg armies of his cousin Philip II of Spain; they decisively defeated the French armies in the Battle of Saint-Quentin in Northern France on 10 August 1557, the Feast of St. Lawrence (San Lorenzo), which affected the outcome of the Treaty of Cateau-Cambrésis; in which, the Savoy, including Turin, was returned to the rule of the mercenary duke. That the Battle occurred on the Saint's feast instigated Phillip's denomination and design of the palace of El Escorial. Emmanuel Philibert, on his return to Turin in 1562, renovated the old ducal chapel of Santa Maria ad Presepae, which is still present near the entrance, and erected this church dedicated to St. Lawrence. Construction of the contemporary church began in 1634. The architect Guarino Guarini was a great innovator in Baroque principles first developed by the great Roman Baroque architect Francesco Borromini, in particular the play with optical effects and organic "deconstruction" of the classical orders and principles of column and entablature. However, in San Lorenzo Guarini took these further. The ground plan is a kind of square which becomes an octagon at the level of the entablatures above the columns only to change again to become a Greek cross at the level of the pendentives of the vaults. Again, the base of the dome is circular in plan yet the lantern above it octagonal. The dome itself is supported by eight ribs forming a lattice similar to those found in mosques and Romanesque churches in Spain. To this superposition of - by the standards of convention - contradictory central plans is added an elliptical choir. The high altar, separated from the nave by a convex and concave archway receives natural light from a hidden dome, devices drawn from the other key Roman Baroque architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Inside is a replica of Jesus shroud. Dont miss it if you are there.
We only found this hidden gem because our bike tour guide pointed out the small blue door in the corner of the square. Apparently the original entrance would have upstaged the palace so the Emperor stopped it from being built. Judging from the interior he was right! We visited several churches during our visit and this was the prettiest. Small in scale and with a stunning ceiling. Our guide said that once a year on the summer equinox light penetrates alcoves to reveal frescoes - you’d need to research this as I haven’t!
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