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Orbassano is a commune in the Province of Turn in the Italian region Piedmont, located at about 15 km southwest of Turin. As of the 2004 census, Orbassano has a population of 21.667 residents and area of 22.1 square kilometres. The most famous local from Orbassano is Sonia Gandhi, who was raised here, although she was actually born in Luisiana, near Vicenza. The known origins of Orbassano date back to the Roman conquest of Cisalpine Gaul, evidenced by two Imperial era tombstones found here in the second half of the 19th century.
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National Museum of Cinema is located in Turin, near Orbassano, and it is an Italian motion picture museum, fitted out inside the Mole Antonelliana tower. The museum houses pre-cinematographic optical devices such as magic lanterns, earlier and current film technologies, stage items from early Italian movies and other memorabilia. Inside the museum there is also a panoramic elevator with transparent glass walls.
Palatine Towers is an ancient Roman medieval structure, located in Turin, near Orbassano. The structure served as one of the four Roman city gates, which allowed access from north to the typical second main street of a Roman town. Tourists can see the main building that comprises two polygonal towers and a central gate.
Turin Cathedral is the place in Turin, near Orbassano, where the Shroud of Turin rests. The current church lies in the place where the theatre of the ancient Roman city was located. While the chapel of the Holy Shroud behind the cathedral was undergoing renovation during 2009, the Shroud was kept in a small chapel within the cathedral.
The Orto Botanico is a wonderful garden located in Turin, near Orbassano. The origins of the garden can be traced as far back as 1560 when collections of live plants were established at the Studio di Mondovi. Today, the garden proper cultivates around 2000 species, with an additional 300 species in the alpine garden, about 500 species in the arboretum, and a further 1000 species in the greenhouses.