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....