Friday, September 22, 2017

Royal Palace Of Turin

The Royal Palace of Turin (Italian: Palazzo Reale di Torino) is a historic palace of the House of Savoy in the city of Turin in Northern Italy. It was originally built in the 16th century and was later modernized by Christine Marie of France (1606–63) in the 17th century, with designs by the Baroque architect Filippo Juvarra. The palace also includes the Palazzo Chiablese and the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, the latter of which was built to house the famous Shroud of Turin. In 1946, the building became the property of the state and was turned into a museum. In 1997, it was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list along with 13 other residences of the House of Savoy.

In 1946, the palace was claimed by the Italian Republic and turned into a "Museum of the Life and Works of the House of Savoy". Its rooms are decorated with rich tapestries and a collection of Chinese and Japanese vases. The Royal Armoury houses an extensive array of arms, including examples from the 16th and 17th centuries.

The palace houses the Scala delle Forbici, a staircase by Filippo Juvarra. The Chapel of the Holy Shroud, with its spiral dome, was built in the west wing of the palace, joining the apse (a semicircular recess) of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, to house the famous Shroud of Turin, which belonged to the family from 1453 until 1946. The royal gates of the palace have a golden Medusa symbol embossed on them, in order to fend off intruders.

This is the first I managed to take photo in the palace, as previously photographing was not allowed, now just no flash is allowed.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Colombo's Finger

The little finger of Cristoforo Colombo, located in the Piazza Castello, a short walk from the Royal Library and the Turin Royal Palace.

Here, under the porticoes of the Prefecture, a bronze medallion in high relief depicting the most famous navigator and explorer of all time has the characteristic of having his little finger in particular shining. In the background a world map and a caravel, in memory of his achievement: the discovery of America.The relief was created by the famous artist Dino Somà and inaugurated in 1923, the work is much loved by the Turin. Legend has it that rubbing the little finger of Cristoforo Colombo's hand brings a lot of luck. This gesture has now become a true tradition of the city of Turin, and for this reason the finger of the statue appears much brighter than the rest of the art piece. Especially for all the university students who hope for help to pass the examinations with the highest-grade rely on the Columbus statue.Because of this tradition, with the passing of time, the little finger fades so much to the point of having to be replaced.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Museum of the Risorgimento

The National Museum of the Italian Risorgimento (Museo nazionale del Risorgimento italiano) is the first, the biggest and the most important among the 23 museums in Italy dedicated to the Risorgimento, the only one which can be considered "National" according to a 1901 law and due to its rich and great collections. It is housed in the Palazzo Carignano in Turin.

The museum was established in 1878, shortly after Italian unification, even though it only had its first permanent exhibition in 1908. Originally located in the Mole Antonelliana, in 1938 it was moved to its current site (which had previously housed the Subalpine Chamber of Deputies, from 1848 to 1860, and then the first Italian Chamber of Deputies, from 1861 to 1865).

Its exhibits include weapons, flags, uniforms, printed and written documents (including the original manuscript of the song Il Canto degli Italiani, dated November 10, 1847 by Goffredo Mameli, now Italian national anthem since 1946), and artworks. The new exhibition, opened on March 18, 2011, occupies about 3500 square metres across 30 rooms, and covers the real Risorgimento period, stretching from the late 18th century revolutions to the beginning of the First World War. It includes a specialized library, a prints cabinet and a documentary archive.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Residence Of The Prince

 A short visit to the residence of the Prince of Carignano at palazzo Carignano....
The rooms are surprisely small but beautifully decorated.

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.

The 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.
The building, constructed in brick in a typical Baroque style, has an elliptical main façade. This façade represents the only example of civic architecture making use of the undulating 'concave – convex – concave' rhythm established by Francesco Borromini in the church of S. Carlo alle Quattro Fontane in Rome.
The Palazzo was the birthplace of princesse de Lamballe in 1749 – confidant of Marie Antoinette and for whom she died in 1792. Charles Emmanuel, Prince of Carignano was born there in 1770. It was also the birthplace of the first King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel II in 1820.
From 1848 to 1861 the palace was used as the House of Deputies of the Subalpine Parliament. In 1861, with the creation of the parliament of the newly unified Kingdom of Italy, the room was not large enough to host the House of Deputies, which was moved elsewhere.
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 The courtyard of the palazzo.

Friday, September 1, 2017

CDP September Theme : Photographing the Photographer

In many occasions, the photographers become the object of interest for the other photographers, especially photographers who go to some extra ordinary measure to capture their perfect shots, often being captured themselves....

 Photographer On The Roof

or a photographer who is so stylist that he himself become the model of the other photographer....

The stylist Photographer

Or perhaps the way he handles his equipement which looks cute......

Love where he rests his camera...

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Buildings Around Piazza Arbarello

Piazza Arbarello is another piazza with buildings forming an interesting view, it has been renovated which removed the carpark at one end of the piazza and transformed it into a play ground with vegetables and flowers planted at one entrance of the play ground.

Too bad the other end of the piazza is still occupied by a huge carpark and trasportations still passing through the piazza.....

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Murazzi Pier

Here is once where the 'Valentino' and 'Valentina' parked while waiting for the tourists to aboard for the cruise along the river Po.

Since after last year disaster, the flooded river brought away the two ships and they ended up crashing against the bridge, they have been towed away.
Now all left is this empty pier....

Monday, August 21, 2017

Majestic Arcade

The view of the arcade  of palazzo Carignano is majestic.....

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 between piazza Carignano and piazza Carlo Alberto

Friday, August 18, 2017

National Museum Of Cinema Torino

Third time visited the museum of Cinema of Turin, still had fun playing with all those optical tricks and enjoyed viewing all those film related displays.

The National Museum of Cinema (Museo Nazionale del Cinema) located in Turin, is an Italian motion picture museum, fitted out inside the Mole Antonelliana tower. It is operated by the Maria Adriana Prolo Foundation, and the core of its collection is the result of the work of the historian and collector Maria Adriana Prolo . It was housed in the Palazzo Chiablese.

The museum houses pre-cinematographic optical devices such as magic lanterns, earlier and current film technologies, stage items from early Italian movies and other memorabilia.
Along the exhibition path of about 35.000 square feet (3.200 m2) on five levels, it is possible to visit some areas devoted to the different kinds of film crew, and in the main hall, fitted in the temple hall of the Mole (which was a building originally intended as a synagogue), a series of chapels representing several film genres.

The museum keeps a huge and growing collection of film posters, stocks, and a library: at present it includes 20,000 devices, paintings and printed artworks, more than 80,000 pictures, over 300,000 film posters, 12,000 movie reels and 26,000 books (as of February 2006). A movie screen located in the Massimo multiplex, near to the museum, is reserved to retrospectives and other museum initiatives. The museum hosts several film festivals, the major and most prestigious of them being the Torino Film Festival.

Inside the museum there is also a panoramic elevator (opened in 2000) with transparent glass walls, that cover its 75 meters ride in 59 seconds, in the single open space span of the building, without middle floors, up to the "small temple" which gives a 360 degrees panoramic view of the city. It is the museum with the biggest vertical extension of the world.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Mole View From A Narrow Street

From the town hall walk along via Palazzo di Città, right at the end is piazza Castello, and behind the building where the Teatro Reale is, stands proudly the landmark of Torino, La Mole.

In these days, La Mole is often decorated by flock of clouds.....

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Some Flowers To Brighten The Day

Just some flowers taken at the annual flower market/show along via Carlo Alberto and via Roma, pretty much the same sort of flowers just like every previous years...Still, they are beautiful to look at.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Royal Library Of Turin

The Royal Library of Turin (Biblioteca Reale di Torino) is located under the porticoes on the ground floor of the Royal Palace (today a World Heritage Site) in the north-west Italian city of Turin. At the time of the library’s foundation around 1840, Turin was the capital of the Kingdom of Sardinia and the library was fitted out by Pelagio Palagi on the initiative of the King of Sardinia Carlo Alberto in order to hold the rare manuscripts that had been collected by the House of Savoy for many years. The king also increased the collection by 2000 drawings by famous artists, including Leonardo da Vinci. In 1893, during the reign of Umberto I of Savoy as King of Italy, the collection of Leonardo da Vinci drawings was added to by a Russian collector who donated Codex on the Flight of Birds. Further works by Leonardo held by the library include his well-known self-portrait, his study for the angel in the first version of his Virgin of the Rocks, and his study for the angel in Verrocchio's The Baptism of Christ.

 The ceiling is gorgeous....

 Love the little upper level along the whole library....

The collection is quite exquisite....

 And this man has been watching the library silently....

Friday, August 4, 2017

Blue Hour

The basilica of Superga in a haze of blue, near evening, just before the arrival of a sudden storm.

The Basilica was built from 1717 to 1731 for Victor Amadeus II of Savoy, designed by Filippo Juvarra, at the top of the hill of Superga. This fulfilled a vow the duke (and future King of Sardinia) had made during the Battle of Turin, after defeating the besieging French army within the War of the Spanish Succession. The architect alluded to earlier styles while adding a baroque touch. The church contains the tombs of many princes and kings of the House of Savoy, including the Monument to Carlo Emanuele III (1733) by Ignazio Collino and his brother Filippo. Under the church are the tombs of the Savoy family, including most of its members (among them, Charles Albert).
Rainbow over The Basilica of Superga
This church by Juvarra is considered late Baroque-Classicism. The dome was completed in 1726 and resembles some elements of Michelangelo's dome at St. Peter's Basilica. This is no coincidence as Juvarra studied and worked in Rome for ten years prior to working in Turin. The temple front protrudes from a dome structure citing the Pantheon. The temple front is larger than typical proportions because the Superga is set upon this hill. It is also believed that Victor Amadeus wanted the basilica to rest on this hill as reminder of the power of the Savoy family as well as continue a line of sight to the existing Castle of Rivoli. Later, the Palazzina di caccia of Stupinigi completed the triangle between the three residences of Savoy.
The Royal Crypt of Superga is the burial place of the Savoy family.
The history of the church can be traced to September 2, 1706, when Duke Victor Amadeus II of Savoy and the Prince of Carignano, Eugene of Savoy climbed the hill to see Turin besieged by Franco-Spanish forces during the War of the Spanish Succession. Victor Amadeus, having knelt down in front of an old prop, swore that, in case of victory, he would have a monument built to our Lady (the Virgin Mary). From dawn until the early hours of the afternoon of September 7 the armies clashed in the fields at Jaya and Madonna di Campagna. Piedmontese armies achieved victory over the French. The entrance of the basilica with its portico supported by eight columns. Vittorio Amedeo was crowned King of Sicily. He entrusted the design of this building to Filippo Juvarra.
The mountain at which the Basilica is found was the site of the Superga air disaster of Grande Torino football team in 1949.
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