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That Turin is considered a magical city is well-known. It is both a vertex of black magic (Turin, London, San Francisco) and white magic (Turin, Prague, Lyon). As a meeting point between these two worlds, it’s not surprising that there is frequent talk of the presence of the Alchemical Caves of Turin.

Interest in alchemy was a true passion for the ruling family. Since the beginning of the dynasty, the House of Savoy developed a particular interest in alchemy and the occult. Signs, more or less tangible, of this special connection have come down to us.

The most evident of all is their interest in the Templars. The skeleton found at Monte dei Cappuccini seems to belong to them. Furthermore, it is said that through the Templars, the House of Savoy came into possession of the Shroud of Turin.

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The Templars

For example, it is rumored that Charles Emmanuel I had an alchemical laboratory built in the underground of the Royal Palace. This theory finds confirmation in some remains discovered in 2006 during excavations for the Winter Olympics. Walls were found that likely belonged to the laboratory.

It also appears that Maria Cristina of France was interested in alchemy. She was reportedly in contact with a French magician named Craonne. It is said that Maria Cristina even had an alchemical laboratory built in the basement of Palazzo Madama.

Given the rulers’ passion for this discipline, the existence of Alchemical Caves in Turin seems more than probable.

What are the Alchemical Caves of Turin?

The Alchemical Caves of Turin are three alleged underground tunnels in Turin, Piedmont. Often considered true portals to other parallel dimensions by occult followers, they were supposedly meeting places for various parapsychologists, esotericists, and alchemists over the centuries, hence the name. The caves are believed to coincide with small sections of ancient underground passages beneath Turin’s historic center, which were primarily constructed by and for members of the House of Savoy, starting as early as the 14th-15th century.

Where are the Alchemical Caves of Turin?

According to legends, the caves are located as follows, although their true whereabouts remain unknown:

  • The first cave is said to be beneath the Royal Palace of Turin, considered the white magical heart of the city (forming a White Triangle with Prague and Lyon). It is connected to Piazza Statuto (specifically, the monument to the Frejus Tunnel victims), which is considered the black magical heart (forming a Black Triangle with London and San Francisco). Some believe this tunnel was wide enough for a carriage, allowing secret passage for various Savoy rulers to reach lovers and collaborators as far west as Rivoli Castle.
  • The second cave supposedly connects the ancient Porta Fibellona (Piazza Castello), the eastern entrance to the city, with the underground areas of Via Garibaldi, leading toward Piazza Palazzo di Città and Via Po. Some even speculate that it extends further east, possibly passing under the Po River to reach the underground of the Church of Gran Madre, where an ancient Egyptian cult related to Isis allegedly existed.
  • The third cave is inaccessible and known only to a select few. It is said to safeguard the philosopher’s stone or a powerful talisman.
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Newton’s alchemical manuscripts

These caves are believed to serve as gateways to other dimensions:

  • The first cave leads to a dimension similar to ours, still governed by the laws of physics.
  • The second cave leads to a more immaterial dimension, diverging from our familiar world. Alchemists suggest that one can enter and exit this portal.
  • The third cave leads entirely to another dimension from which there is no return.

Apollonius of Tyana and the Philosopler’s Stone

As mentioned, the Alchemical Caves are underground galleries believed to be true portals to parallel dimensions. They are also said to safeguard the Philosopher’s Stone.

This stone possesses three extraordinary properties:

  1. Providing an elixir for long life, granting potential immortality.
  2. Bestowing omniscience, a complete knowledge of the past, future, good, and evil.
  3. Enabling the transmutation of metals into gold.
Apollonius of Tyana

Enter Apollonius of Tyana (or Tiana). Born around year zero in the city of the same name in Cappadocia, he studied Plato and Pythagoras. Vegetarian, teetotaler, and barefoot walker, he was considered a seer and healer. Apollonius preached a simple lifestyle based on love for others. His most precious skill was creating talismans against evil.

According to tradition, Apollonius arrived in Turin and concealed one of his powerful talismans here. Another theory suggests that Templars brought the talisman to Turin, eventually hiding it within the third cave.

The true events remain unknown, but many believe the talisman is, in fact, the Philosopher’s Stone.

Alchemical Caves of Turin

The three caves share common elements. First of all, they all start beneath powerful buildings, whether secular or religious. Additionally, they all reference Piazza Castello.

The area around Piazza Castello is closely connected to the Alchemical Caves. Firstly, near the square, the Shroud of Turin is kept, a potent positive symbol. Secondly, at the center of the gate of the Royal Palace, there would be a point of maximum positive energy. Finally, there are indications that excellent alchemists like Paracelsus, Nostradamus, and Cagliostro lived in this area for a period.


Between Legend and Reality

We will probably never know whether we are talking about legend or reality. However, many stories or legends are narrated about them.

One of the most famous concerns Prince Umberto. It is said that he managed to enter the first cave. However, he was unprepared for its powers. The cave sensed and materialized his deepest fears. What were they? The same fears that all monarchs have. A few days later, he was assassinated in Monza.

Another legend relates to one of the cave entrances. It is said that it is located at the Fontana dei tre Tritoni (Fountain of the Three Tritons) in the royal gardens. After three rounds around the fountain, if deemed worthy, an invisible portal opens to allow entry.

What is certain is that in the underground chambers of the Royal Palace, there are remains of an ancient alchemical laboratory with esoteric symbols. At the very least, this is the interpretation given to strange remnants discovered during the construction and excavations carried out in 2006 for the Turin Olympics. As mentioned, it is believed to have been commissioned by Carlo Emanuele I.