Saturday, January 26, 2013

Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians

The Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians (Santuario di Maria Ausiliatrice) is a church in Turin, northern Italy. Originally part of the home for poor boys founded by John Bosco, it now contains the remains of Bosco, and 6,000 relics of other saints.
The church housing Bosco's remains was built in 1865-1868 to plans by Antonio Spezia.

According to legend, a vision of the Virgin Mary appeared in a dream to John Bosco in 1844 or 1845 and revealed the site of the martyrdom of the Turinese saints Solutor, Adventor and Octavius. The Basilica dell'Ausiliatrice was built on the site of their death. The church houses the relics of these saints.

The Basilica is located in the piazza between Corso Regina Margherita and  Via Maria Ausiliatrice.

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