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PIEMONTE - Torino - Palazzo Carignano
The Prince Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy commissioned the native Savoyard architect Guarino Guarini to design a suitable residence for the cadet house of the reigning House of Savoy. Construction started in 1679.
Guarini designed a vast structure in the shape of a square; he had a straight and restrained east facade created and a lavish and very unusual elliptical tower, slightly is withdrawn in facade, on the west. Guarini also added a large forecourt at the centre of the palace.
The building, constructed in brick in a typical Baroque style, has an elliptical center façade. This facade offers the only domestic project to make use of the undulating ‘concave - convex - concave’ rhythm established by Francesco Borromini in the church of S. Carlo alle Quattro Fontane.
It was the birth place of the first King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel II in 1820, in 1861 it became the first parliament of united italy.
Actually it hosted the national Risorgimento Museum of Torino, the first one in Italy. It was opened to the public for the first time in 1899, and it was moved to the Mole Antonelliana in 1908. In 1938 it was finally transfered to its final and current venue, in Palazzo Carignano, side to side with the two rooms of the Subalpine Parliament of the Kingdom of Italy.
picture taken by: man_drake