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Turin is a city and major business and cultural centre in northern Italy, capital of the Piedmont region, located mainly on the left bank of the Po River and surrounded by the Alpine Arch. Turin has a rich culture and history, and is known for its numerous art galleries, restaurants, churches, palaces, opera houses, piazzas, parks, gardens, museums and other venues. Turin is sometimes called the cradle of Italian liberty, due to its having been the birthplace and home of notable politicians and people who contributed to the Risorgimiento.
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The Mole Antonelliana is a major landmark in Turin. Located in the historic centre of Turin in the Vanchiglia neighbourhood is named after the architect who built it, Alessandro Antonelli. The solid bottom is constructed of masonry and has a square base and above it stands a dome. The construction of the Mole began in 1863, the site of one of the bastions forming the walls of the city then demolished by order of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Piazza San Carlo in Turin was designed by Carlo di Castellmonte in 1642 and completed in 1650. In the middle of the piazza you will find the equestrian statue of Emanuele Filiberto, sculpted by Carlo Marochetti in 1838. The porticoed buildings surrounding the piazza give space to numerous bars, cafes and restaurants.
Museo d'Arte Orientale in Turin proposes creative work from different cultures not only to carry out the vocation as a place for conservation and exhibition, but also induce the visitor to broaden their horizons. The museum is aimed to inspire visitors in new ways of thinking and representation to full awareness of how precious every expression of human knowledge is.
San Lorenzo Church is a wonderful church in Turin, with a beautifully designed cupola. The cupola was completed in 1680 and designed by Guarino Guarini and exemplifies the baroque style. The Duke Emanuele Filiberto had the church dedicated to the Saint after the victory of the Battle of San Quintino.