Chiesa Madonna del Pilone, Turin

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The church of the Madonna del Pilone is a seventeenth-century church in Turin, Italy.
Built in 1645, the church was constructed by wish of the Queen Regent Christine Marie of France to remember the miraculous rescue from the previous year of a girl from the river. The miracle was attributed to the intervention of an image of the Virgin of the Annunciation, which was placed on a votive pillar. The painting became such an item of devotion, that this church was built at the site, enlarged in 1779, and furnished with a baptistery in 1807. Repeated reconstructions have altered the interior, and the church retains only some of the original decoration consisting of the stuccoes attributed to Giovanni Andrea Casella and the cupola frescoes by Bartolomeo Guidobono. The main altar houses the miraculous icon dating from 1587, now thoroughly restored.
The miracle for which the church was built recalls that the riverbank nearby once housed a number of mills. A flour miller's daughter fell into the river at dusk. Her Mother, hearing her cries, but unable to see where she was to rescue her, knelt before a nearby shrine built next to the mill, depicting the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin. Legend holds a miraculous shaft of light illuminated the spot where her daughter was, and allowed her to be rescued by neighbors. News of the miracle led to the erection of a church by 1645, which became a Parish church March 2, 1807. The picture of the Madonna behind the main altar recalls the event.
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  • Straddling Casale and the Po River is this church which is a place of refuge from the noise of the city and worldliness. A place to give more value to awaken that need for faith and prayer that is nourishment for the soul.
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  • Catholic Church built in 1644 in the pre-hilly district of which it bears the name. It was erected following a miraculous rescue of a little girl who fell into the rushing waters of the Po: her mother, praying for the Virgin of the pylon, made her daughter be rescued. The Church was built by incorporating a votive pillar dedicated to the Virgin. It underwent extensive damage during the flood of the Po of 1994 and was later restructured.
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  • The church of Madonna del Pilon was built between 1644 and 1645. The church is in the Baroque style, with a single aisle, with two side chapels and a dome with an octagonal tiburio, where there are frescoes by Bartolomeo Guidobono. The facade is of Castellamontian baroque school. At a votive pylon dedicated to the Virgin Of England, an event considered miraculous took place, in thanks to which was erected the church that incorporated the pylon. A little girl, at the century Margherita Molar, fell into the waters of a mill that stood there. The mother called for the help of the Pylon's Virgin and the little girl was saved. The offerings of the faithful and the support of Maria Cristina of France allowed the creation of the shrine. An extension, the baptistry and the choir were made between the 18th and 19th centuries. The 1994 flood caused serious damage to the structure which had to be renovated. It is easily accessible by foot or bike through the walk and the walkway along the Po River. In front of it there is a car park and a touret with drinking water.
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  • The parish priest knows how to communicate the sense of community by involving everyone with amiability
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