Turin Chapel Of The Holy Shroud Sacra Sindone Dome Baroque Architecture By Guarini

Guarino Guarini’s Astonishing Baroque Architecture in Turin

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Guarini’s work is consistently described as unpredictable, perplexing, and improbable.
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One study required 74 drawings to represent the dome’s various layers.
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Ancient Roman walls frame the dome of Guarini’s chapel and the cathedral.

The Chapel of the Holy Shroud comes at the end of a visit to the Palazzo Reale complex. See the website for more information.

The Royal Church of Saint Lawrence, or Real Chiesa di San Lorenzo, began with the renovation of an existing ducal chapel in 1562. Just over a century later, the reigning Duke of Savoy called Guarini to Turin to rebuild the church. Like the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, Guarini designed a centrally-organized space topped by a towering sequence of shifting shapes – and yet San Lorenzo is a strikingly different building.

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A lobby exhibits the Baroque penchant for all things elliptical.

The Palazzo Carignano was chosen to house the national Museo di Risorgimento, which offers access to ornate apartments and rotating historical exhibitions. However, many of the building’s grander spaces (including those pictured here) don’t require a ticket to visit.

In the Santuario della Consolata, Guarini’s oval entrance hall and hexagonal chapel are all but overwhelmed by other renovations and additions.

The Collegio dei Nobili, which now houses the Egyptian Museum and Academy of Sciences, was once attributed to Guarini. Although it picks up on many of his motifs such as the lines of stars running up the exterior, it doesn’t display his structural dynamics.

Many of Turin’s historic sights cluster along the arcaded Via Roma, which terminates at the Porta Nuova train station. Frequent trains between Milan and Turin take as little as 45 minutes. It takes about 10 minutes to walk to Guarini’s buildings.

For more on Baroque architecture, see our post on Borromini’s work in Rome.