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This article does not delve into the details of Masonic ideas and principles. Such a sensitive topic is beyond the scope of this website. We will provide some points for reflection and information related to Turin Freemasonry and the Masonic palace on Via Lascaris. Those interested can start from here to explore the subject further.

Turin Freemasonry

Without going into details, it must be said that Freemasonry is an initiatory order. Although it does not align with religions or political parties, it has its own rituals and symbols that distinguish it. Additionally, membership is not entirely free; approval from the Order itself is required.

Lodge Ausonia.

That said, the first Masonic ideas arrived in Italy during the 18th century under English influence. It spread across much of the peninsula. However, after Napoleon’s era and the Restoration, Freemasonry was practically dispersed.

In the second half of the 19th century, Turin was the political center from which the future Kingdom of Italy was emerging. On October 8, 1859, seven men gathered on Via Stampatori, founding the Respectable Lodge Ausonia. This was the first lodge, the mother of all lodges that are part of the Grand Orient of Italy.

Among the various notable figures who participated in Turin Freemasonry, Vincenzo Crispi, Goffredo Mameli, Giuseppe La Farina, and Giuseppe Garibaldi stand out.

I see you

For better or worse, Freemasonry contributed to the development of the Italian state. It supported the financing of Garibaldi’s expedition of the Thousand and played a role in the founding of the Croce Verde (Green Cross) and the Società per la Cremazione (Society for Cremation).

In 2019, at the Museum of the Italian Risorgimento in Turin, the 160th anniversary of the lodge’s foundation was celebrated. Masonic delegations from various European countries attended the ceremony, including the Grand Master of the Grand Orient of Italy, Stefano Bisi.

The Grand Orient of Italy currently comprises 800 lodges and approximately 26,000 brothers.

The FreemasonryPalace

One of the historic Masonic lodges is located in the heart of Turin, at the corner of Via Lascaris and Via San Francesco d’Assisi. This building, just steps from Piazza Solferino, now houses a bank. However, it still bears clear Masonic signs.

Detail of the door

The wooden door features inlays that unmistakably represent Masonic symbols, such as compasses and squares. Additionally, on the sidewalk around the building, there are peculiar eye-shaped openings.

While their obvious purpose is ventilation and illumination for cellars or underground spaces, their eerie shape seems to convey messages like ‘I see you!’

The distinctive form of these openings, combined with their proximity to other mysterious locations such as Piazza Statuto and the Fontana Angelica, has led to their nickname: ‘Eyes of the Devil’