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The Church of San Carlo, located in the prestigious Piazza San Carlo in Turin, is one of the two “twin” churches that grace the square. Known for its position on the right when viewed from the front, this church symbolizes the urban expansion desired by Carlo Emanuele I in the 17th century, aimed at extending the city southward.

Dedicated to Saint Carlo Borromeo, the church commemorates his pilgrimage from Milan to venerate the Holy Shroud. Its architecture reflects the significance of this event, with a facade that, although completed only in 1834, mirrors the harmony and symmetry of the nearby Church of Santa Cristina. A bas-relief on the facade depicts Saint Carlo Borromeo administering the Eucharist to Emanuele Filiberto. This is a powerful image that captures the spiritual essence of the place.

The interior of the church is characterized by a single nave surrounded by four chapels, creating an intimate and collected atmosphere. The main painting behind the high altar is a tribute to the visit of Saint Carlo Borromeo in 1578.

Church of San Carlo
Interior

Over the centuries, the church has undergone various embellishments and renovations, many of which were commissioned by the regent Cristina of France in 1653. These works have enriched the interior with Baroque details and led to the construction of the high altar, a masterpiece that still dominates the sacred space today.

Despite uncertainties about the authorship of the initial project, which some attribute to Carlo di Castellamonte, the work was started by Maurizio Valperga and completed with great skill.

His interior of Church of San Carlo consists of a single nave and four chapels. The painting behind the altar commemorates the 1578 visit of Saint Carlo Borromeo. Subsequent interior embellishments and the construction of the main altar were commissioned by the regent Cristina of France in 1653.

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