The facade of the San Francesco di Paola Church in Turin faces the Via Po. Already before the urban renewal by Amedeo di Castellamonte in 1673, it was one of the main churches in the area. It is also the only part of the street where the porticoes are interrupted.
San Francesco da Paola Church Turin
Address: Via Po, 16 – Torino. Phone: +39 011 883605. Opening times: Open during the day. Entrance fee: Free.
History and description
Construction of the San Francesco di Paola Church started in 1632. the architect was the Discalced Carmelite priest Andrea Costaguta. The church had been commissioned by Vittorio Amedeo I and Madama Cristina di Francia. To fulfill a holy vow, they had donated the area to the Order of Minims founded by Francesco di Paola in the 15th century.
The facade was the work of Martino Solaro and Giacomo Papa. It was completed in 1667.
The church has one nave, with three side chapels on each side. The chapels were all commissioned by aristocratic families at the court of Duke Vittorio Amedeo.
The high altar was designed in 1664, by Amedeo di Castellamonte. The work was done by Tommaso Carlone. The altar piece was painted by Charles Dauphin, also in 1664.