Royal Palace (Museum-Turin)

Piazzetta Reale 1 (Turin)

Oggi: Chiuso

The Royal Palace of Turin is the first and most important of the Savoy residences in Piedmont, was the scene of the policy of the Savoy dynasty for at least three centuries. It is located in the heart of the city in Piazzetta Reale adjacent to central Piazza Castello, from which branch off the main streets of the historic center: Via Po, Via Roma, Via Garibaldi and Via Pietro Micca, famous shopping streets.

Even the famous architect Filippo Juvarra participates and realizes for the Royal Palace of La Scala Scissors, consisting of double ramps, and the Chinese Cabinet decorated by eighteenth century frescoes by Claudio Francesco Beaumont, court artist during the reign of Carlo Emanuele III. Looking at the facade of the building will immediately notice the geometry and balance of the two side pavilions, signed by architects Carlo di Castellamonte and Amedeo di Castellamonte, the symmetry is broken dall'elevarsi majestic, on the left, the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, designed to preserve one of the most precious jewels in the hands of the House of Savoy.

In the nineteenth century Pelagio Palagi built the huge gate with the statues of Castor and Pollux, which closes the square outside the palace. Castor and Pollux, the Dioscuri in Greek mythology, sons of Zeus who watch on Piazza Castello astride rearing horses. The two are the subject of many legends, especially in relation to the Magic Turin. It is believed that the two represent the good and evil battling the mystical center of the city, the center where the lines of good, from the church of the Great Mother, and Evil, coming from the Angel Fallen in Piazza Statuto, meet converging on the central pin between the two statues. The star has fallen on the head of Pollux is paired with that of the statue of Piazza Statuto.

Royal Palace, together with the other Savoy residences in Turin and Province, such as Palazzo Madama, the Royal Palace of Venaria Reale, the Palace Hunting Stupinigi or the Valentino Castle, is part of the assets declared by UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The palace is part of the Polo Reale, a museum project that brings together the Royal Palace, the Royal Gardens, The Royal Library, the Royal Armoury, the new Savoy Gallery, the Archaeological Museum and Palace Chiablese. Museums Circuit Royal Pole can be visited with a single ticket. Royal Palace as the other museums of the Royal Pole is part of the free museums in Turin, the first Sunday of the month.

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