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“So unexpected”

Santuario Basilica La Consolata
Ranked #4 of 424 things to do in Turin
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This must be the most unusually shaped church we have visited. You enter in the middle of a longish oval and then move forward into a hexagonal, marble-clad sanctum. There's a sunken chapel on the south side with framed military epaulettes on the walls above it. Don't miss the votive pictures in other areas to the right of the alter. These illustrations constitute touching folk art as well as reflecting the prayers of the pious.

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

Although there are many churches in Turino, Consolata is the sort of "home church" that everyone goes to when the going gets tough. We happened to be there at a time when the statue of Mary and Jesus was ready to be paraded through the streets. The "float" and the high alter were decorated and on high display. Mass was underway (it is an active church) so our ability to discretely walk through the church was limited. A very historic and important church for folks in Turin - it is worth a walk and immediately across is Al Bicirin.

1  Thank jimbono
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

We were unprepared for the beauty of this spectacular church. It is so plain on the outside, without the usual crowds milling about, that one could almost be forgiven for deciding not to go in. Don't make that mistake!! This is not to be missed. An wonderful example of the spectacular baroque embellishments that the Italian churches are known for, on entering one is surprised how few people are there. Not many tourists, more devotees who seem to be regulars. The morning we went, a service started which was wonderful to hear and watch.

After the visit to the church, the little cafe called Il Biccerin, directly opposite in the square, is the place to go and have a Biccerin- hot coffee and chocolate served in a glass with cream floating on top! Totally delicious!

1  Thank Maxtango
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

The outside really doesn't prepare you for the beauty of the church and the frescoes... it's all gold, baroque, marble , prayer .and devoted silence. Outside, a little, very very beautiful square with an historical café .Divine really!!!

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

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!

Thank Loredana D
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