CHURCH OF SAN LORENZO

Audio File length: 2.29
Author: STEFANO ZUFFI E DAVIDE TORTORELLA
English / USA Language: English / USA

The only religious building in Piazza Castello is almost camouflaged as a '"normal" palace; the only thing that gives it away is its bizarre dome. I'm talking about the Church of San Lorenzo, which was donated by the Dukes of Savoy to the order of Theatine fathers.

Construction on it began in the first half of the 1600s, and after being left unfinished for decades it was completed in 1680 thanks to architect Guarino Guarini, who was actually a Theatine priest. Using the existing building with an octagonal layout, inside you can see how much Guarini indulged himself designing decidedly scenic altars and inventing a dome of intertwined arches that form the shape of a star. A prodigious architectural find in a Baroque explosion of paintings, sculptures, stuccoes, and gilding.

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