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Palazzo Chiablese

Palazzo Chiablese

Savoy Royal Residences, located in Torino and its surroundings, are a journey along monumental architecture styles between XVII and XVIII century, and an expression of monarchy ideology..
Added to UNESCO world heritage list since 1997

 

With its austere proportions, Chiablese Palace closes the square in front of the Royal Palace to the west, extending up to the Guarinian Church of St Lorenzo. Entrusted to the Piemonte Superintendence of Monuments in 1954, since 1960, the year in which the first restoration was completed after the heavy war damage of 1943, today it houses the headquarters of the Superintendence of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the Metropolitan City of Torino.

It was erected, presumably by reshaping pre-existing medieval buildings, at the end of the 16th century, when Duke Emanuele Filiberto decided to renovate the central square of his new capital and commissioned the design to Ascanio Vittozzi.

In 1753 Carlo Emanuele III assigned the palace to his son Benedetto Maurizio, Duke of Chiablese, born to his third wife, Elisabetta of Lorena, and entrusted the court architect, Benedetto Alfieri, with the task of renovating and extending its apartments; the Alfieri intervention, which involved the partial demolition and the raising of the pre-existing building, gave Chiablese Palace its current appearance: through a monumental front door open on the sober facade, made of brick, you enter a porticoed atrium with stone columns and pillars and cross vaults, and then you go into the two internal courtyards, divided by a central wing. A majestic marble staircase leads to the main floor, rich in furnishings, stuccowork made by Sanbartolomeo, inlaid wooden floors, painted boiseries, marble fireplaces, mirrors, overdoors attributed to Michele Rapous, to De Mura, to the Roman Gregorio Guglielmi, eloquent evidence still today of the pomp of court life.

In 1814 the Palace returned to the Duchess of Chiablese, widow of Benedetto Maurizio, then, from 1824, it became the property of King Carlo Felice, who preferred it to the contiguous Royal Palace, living there until his death. In 1851 the daughter of Ferdinand and Maria Elisabetta di Sassonia, Margherita, was born there, Margherita was the first queen of Italia.


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