San Carlo Borromeo

Turin, Italy

San Carlo Borromeo is a Baroque style church located in Turin. It mirrors the adjacent church of Santa Cristina and faces the Piazza San Carlo. The church was commissioned in 1619 by Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, who had met the archbishop, and later saint, after which the church is named. The main designer is uncertain; the work has been attributed to both Baron Maurizio Valperga, and the engineer Galleani di Ventimiglia. The first facade was designed in 1830 to designs of Grassi. The facade bas-relief depicting San Carlo granting communion to Duke Emanuele Filiberto was sculpted by Stefano Butti.

The main altar dates from 1653. Above the marble main altar is a painting depicting St Charles genuflects before the Sindone of Turin by Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli, also called il Morazzone. In 1866, the painter Rodolfo Morgari frescoed the walls and ceiling.

The church is located at the southwest end of the piazza San Carlo, where also is located the palace where Count Vittorio Alfieri wrote his first tragedic dramas.



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Via Roma 84, Turin, Italy
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Founded: 1619
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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B. Sylphaen (5 months ago)
Very beautiful. I love when churches have music.
sumitava roy (8 months ago)
Its a nice church located in Piazza San Carlo. Interior sculptures are very beautiful
Rita Massaro (2 years ago)
Beautiful church in Piazza S. Carlo near the twin S. Cristina. A masterpiece of art that arouses emotion in the face of so much beauty.
Mariateresa Peluso (2 years ago)
Very beautiful and impressive, it is located right inside the majestic Piazza San Carlo in Turin. The church is next to another church that was closed, but we were able to enter this one and we admired its beauty. The door is made of wood and imposing, inside there are many appreciable frescoes and the colors that combined are very interesting.
Mr Singh (3 years ago)
Another classy looking church adjoining the other classy church right next to it, impressive stone frontage, central Torino is a beautiful place.
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