Residences of the Royal House of Savoy in Turin

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Castello del Valentino © panoramio.com - Michael Paraskevas/cc-by-sa-3.0

Castello del Valentino © panoramio.com – Michael Paraskevas/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Residences of the Royal House of Savoy are a group of buildings in Turin and the Metropolitan City of Turin, in Piedmont (northern Italy). It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1997. The House of Savoy is an ancient royal family, being founded in year 1003 in the Savoy region (now in Rhône-Alpes, France), later expanding so that by 1720 it reigned over the Kingdom of Sardinia in northwestern Italy. Through its junior branch, the House of Savoy-Carignano, it led the unification of Italy in 1861 and ruled the Kingdom of Italy from 1861 until the end of World War II. At this time, King Victor Emanuel III abdicated in favour of his son Umberto II but after an institutional referendum in 1946, the monarchy was abolished, a republic was established, and members of the House of Savoy were required to leave the country. After many decades of diplomacy, the family has since been allowed to return to Italy.

In 1562, Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy moved his capital to Turin and commenced a series of building projects using the best architects available at the time. The buildings, lavishly constructed and including embellishments by contemporary artists, were designed to impress the public and demonstrate the power of the House of Savoy. As well as palaces in Turin itself, country houses and hunting lodges were built in the surrounding countryside. All these buildings have been jointly listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the basis that they “represent the best in European monumental architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries, expressing in their style and opulence a potent demonstration of the power of absolute monarchy in material terms”.

Palazzina di caccia di Stupinigi © Gianni Careddu/cc-by-sa-4.0 Palace of Venaria © Tiziano Photography/cc-by-sa-3-0 Palazzo Carignano © Zairon/cc-by-sa-4.0 Palazzo Madama © Andbog/cc-by-sa-4.0 Palazzo Reale © Xadhoomx/cc-by-sa-3.0 Villa della Regina © Eccekevin/cc-by-sa-4.0 Castello del Valentino © panoramio.com - Michael Paraskevas/cc-by-sa-3.0 Castle of Agliè © Laurom/cc-by-sa-3.0 Castle of Govone © Georgius LXXXIX Castle of La Mandria © Alessandro Vecchi/cc-by-sa-3.0 Castle of Moncalieri © Vinzseventyfive Savoy-Castle_of_Pollenzo-Davide_Papalini-cc-by-sa-3.0 Castle of Racconigi © Filnik/cc-by-sa-2.5 Castle of Rivoli © Georgius LXXXIX/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Castello del Valentino © panoramio.com - Michael Paraskevas/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Read more on VisitPiemonte.com – The Royal Residences of Piemonte, UNESCO.org – Residences of the Royal House of Savoy and Wikipedia Residences of the Royal House of Savoy (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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