Chiesa dei Santi Martiri, Turin

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  • What more to say about an Italian Church? Just go inside and bask in everything wonderful in its architecture. Every nook and cranny is plastered with details  more »
  • The church is very rich. In particular, the massive use of local and imported marbles (red, pink, black, green, white, yellow,...) for architectural, decorative and altar elements is noted. The only aisle with very decorated side chapels, with important paintings and tabernacles decorated with precious stones. The goldens thicken at the top of the church. Important frescoes in the central vaults. The altar of Juvarra holds a precious treasure chest with the relics of the Saints Adventres, Octavius and Solver,
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  • The church, which rises on the right side of Via Garibaldi proceeding towards Piazza Castello, seems almost secluded and "crushed" by the shops and the almost indifferent look of the many passers-by. In fact it is, in my opinion, one of the most suggestive and elegant churches in the city, irrespective of personal tastes in terms of historical-artistic periods and the historical significance assumed over the centuries. The church was built at the end of the sixteenth century on the project of Pellegrino Tibaldi and was almost to enshrine the alliance between the Savoy Dynasty and the Society of Jesus: here it was decided to welcome the relics of the patron saints of the city (the adventurous, Octavius and Solver). The work was long and lasted for decades, mainly because of the innumerable interior decorations, as is still evident from inside a single nave and characterized by the monumental side chapels dedicated to St. Paul, St. Francis Xavier and Other figures of the church. You Will be almost "assaulted" by the splendid marbles, gilded stuccoes, perspective games of the Round arches, completed in ' 700 by the precious gilded bronze urn with the relics of the Saints Martyrs that was incorporated in the equally monumental main altar Designed by the famous architect Juvarra. The first chapel on the right, which originally guarded the relics of the Holy Martyrs, was later ceded to the Company of St. Paul, who decided to dedicate it to his patron saint and edited it again. The altarpiece depicting St. Paul is also Of value, while. The second chapel on the left, dedicated to the founder of the Society of Jesus, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, was created by the painter as well as Jesuit Father Andrea Pozzo and the sculptors Carlone at the end of 700. Over the decades the richness of the church was enlarged with the presence of further works: from the altarpiece with Christ appearing to Saint Ignatius of the Taricco to the choir with the seventeenth-century frescoes; From the altar of May of the Juvarra to the Madonna with the three Holy Martyrs, the eighteenth-century opera of Guglielmi and perhaps the most valuable of the church. Curiosity: Here are also buried three illustrious personalities of the city: Giovanni Botero, author of the famous treatise "Of The reason of State", Bellezia, heroic mayor of ' 600 and the philosopher Joseph de Maistre. Perhaps It may appear overly "pompous" and richly decked, but it remains one of the most beautiful churches in the city and I recommend the visit: Keep in mind that it is only open in the afternoon... So inform yourself. N.B.: Next to the church I suggest you to visit also the Chapel of the Merchants and Bankers, but ask for information because it can be visited only in some days.
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  • Spectacular!! ..... Splendid in its restoration... A jewel in Via Garibaldi in Turin
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