Turin has, in reality, two patron saints: Saint John and the "Consolata". This image of Holy Mary shown, in different situations, a particular love for the city and its inhabitants that, since the beginning (XIIth century), reciprocate it with an abiding belief, till to change - in the common speaking - the name from "Virgin giving comfort to the afflicted" (Virgo Maria Consolatrix Afflictorum") into "Virgin taking comfort" (Consolata), probably from the faith of her protegees.
You can love or not the architecture of the church, very rich and opulent in comparison with the Holy Mary's simple image, but don't miss the impressive collection of "Ex-voto", showing and explaining the love relationship between Turin and this image. Furthermore, the square in front of the Sanctuary is one of the most beautiful corner of the Nineteenth Century Turin. Sip a "bicerin" in the old cafè of the same name and you will not forget Turin for a while!
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