Palazzo Carignano, Turin

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The Palazzo Carignano is a historical building in the centre of Turin, Italy, which houses the Museum of the Risorgimento. It was a private residence of the Princes of Carignano, after whom it is named. Its rounded façade is different from other façades of the same structure. It is located on the Via Accademia delle Scienze.HistoryThe construction of the Palazzo Carignano was ordered by Prince Emmanuel Philibert, son of Thomas Francis, Prince of Carignano and his French wife Marie de Bourbon. The Prince commissioned architect Guarino Guarini to design a suitable residence for his home and the cadet house of the reigning House of Savoy.Guarini designed the structure in the shape of a square, with a straight and restrained east façade and an elliptical façade on the west. Guarini also added a forecourt at the center of the palace. Construction began in 1679, when the Prince was 51 years old.The decorations over the windows of the piano nobile recall the campaign of the Carignano family with Carignan-Salières Regiment against the Iroquois in 1667. The interior has always been described as lavish and has splendid frescoes and stucco decorations.Among the frescoes are some by Stefano Legnani, called il Legnanino. The main stairwell is decorated with busts by Pietro Somazzi.
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  • I only visited from outside for lack of time, but I was fascinated by its size and by the external wall of the building.
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  • Another beautiful Palace and other Savoy residence included in the program of Unesco, inside the National Museum of the Italian risorgimento. The building was built with bricks baked at sight by order of Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy-Carignano. The decorations of the façade of the main floor, always represent adventures and exploits of Carignano, including victory in Canada. The Interior frescoes and decorations in stucco. To see.
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  • Majestic and elegant, this building oozes history and charm, I would recommend getting absolutely a guide.
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  • The building is stunning and it's worth going inside just to see how the interiors are decorated. There is a very extensive museum about the history of the unification of Italy. While this is well done, there's too much to absorb unless you are very interested in the topic.
  • This was a very interesting visit. A look back in history before, during and after the reunification of Italy in 1861 (Risorgimento). At that time Turin was the first capital of modern Italy. I studied this at evening classes in Leicester with my wonderful teacher Enzo Carletti.
  • Historic museum with amazing relics from the last centuries. Unfortunately the most important room is visible only through a window, but it is worth it.
  • Must see in Turin. Location of the best preserved parliament
  • If your interest to see it . Ticket price is 10 euro per person
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