Friday, October 13, 2017

Autumn Day In Piazza San Carlo

Just one of those day when a particular light of the sky attracted my attention and decided to snap a photo with my phone....

Piazza San Carlo was quite dark with heavy clouds overshadowing above, a hole broke out from the cloud and shown a glimpse of the blue sky beyond....

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Public Phone User

A rare sight, saw someone actually using the public phone under the arcade in piazza Municipio to make phone call....

Friday, October 6, 2017

Walking By the Dreams And Colors Of Joan Mirò

There is an exhibition of Joan Mirò in palazzo Chiablese from the 4th of October till the 14th of January 2018. The exhibition will include ' Femme Au Clair De Lune', 'Oiseaux' and ' femme dans La Rue'.

Meanwhile, while waiting for the arrival of 4th of October, here is a shot of the wall of palazzo Chaiblese where the posters of the exhibition are put up.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Road Blocks At Piazza Castello

Since after a series of terror attacks by vehicles in Europe, Torino government decided to tighten the security of the city, especially in the center places where crowds are expected. Such as shopping streets and piazzas.
Rows of stones blocks, long concret blocks and huge plant pots are places along the side of the roads and interception of walking street and vehicle lanes, or at the ends of piazzas where vehicles can enter.

Such as these stone blocks placed in addition to the already existed round stone balls at the end of piazza Castello by the side of palazzo Madama, they are also serve as stoods for people to sit on....

Sunday, October 1, 2017

CDP October Theme : Sensual

The October Theme of CDP is Sensual, not a easy theme for me, as it is not my usual interest to capture sensual images...Anyway here are my two images for the theme day.

Religious images can be sensual, such as the half naked Christ on the cross, the naked San Sebastian with all the arrows poked in him, or this Hindu ( Tibetian ? ) statue.....

Now lets get down to earth and look at this lady performing a sensul dance during the flowers and plants market show along via Carlo Alberto.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Royal Armoury of Turin

This was not acessable from the entrance to the Royal Palace, but to my surprise, it is linked to the Royal palace as part of the hall.

The Royal Armoury of Turin (Italian: Armeria Reale) is one of the world’s most important collections of arms and armour, formed in Turin by the Savoy family. The museum is now part of the Musei Reali di Torino, the royal site that has unified the Royal Palace, the Sabauda Gallery, the Archaeological Museum, the Royal Library and the Armoury. The whole site has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1997.

 The Royal Armoury was founded by Charles Albert, king of Sardinia, and opened to the public in 1837. Since then it has been housed in the Galleria Beaumont, built on the site of a previous gallery connecting the Royal Palace to Palazzo Madama. Designed by Filippo Juvarra in 1733, it was decorated by the court painter Claudio Francesco Beaumont (hence its name) in 1738-1743, whose oil paintings on the ceiling depict Stories of Aeneas. The gallery was completed after 1762 by Benedetto Alfieri, who also designed the nearby stairway as an access to the State offices (Segreterie di Stato).

Among the objects belonging to the collection are the sword of San Maurizio, one of the most important relics owned by the Savoy family, made in the 13th century and still preserved with its 15th-century impressed, gilded and painted leather case; a 14th-century enamel horse bit from Naples; a 16th-century pistol which belonged to the emperor Charles V; precious armour such as count Girolamo Martinengo’s corsaletto (breastplate), dating from c. 1540, Henry II’s parade shield (c. 1556 – 1559), and the war and jousting armour made by the Milanese armourer Pompeo della Cesa around 1590; extremely rich arms such as the hunting musket decorated in ivory by the German engraver Adam Sadeler around 1600; the sword used by Napoleon during his campaign in Egypt; guns and rifles owned by Charles Albert of Sardinia and by the kings of Italy Victor Emmanuel II and Umberto I; a Russian model Smith & Wesson revolver dating from the late 19th century.

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.