Santa Maria del Monte Church Turin

The Santa Maria del Monte dei Cappuccini Church In Turin was constructed toward the end of the 16th century, by transforming a 13th century fortress. Part of the convent next door is now used as the seat of a mountain museum called Museo Nazionale della Montagna Duca degli Abruzzi.

Santa Maria del Monte Church Turin

Useful information

Address: Via Giardino, 35 – Torino. Phone: +39 011 6604144. Opening times: From 07.00 till 19.00. Ticket price: free. Bus: 53 (stop Cappuccini).

History and description

Santa Maria del Monte Church Torino (from Mole Antonelliana)
The church seen from the Mole Antonelliana.

The Bastida di Torino had been built in the 13th century, to protect a bridge over the river Po.

Santa Maria del Monte Church Turin
Santa Maria del Mone dei Cappuccini

Initially, Carlo Emanuele had commissioned Giacomo Soldati to design the new church. It was Soldati’s idea to transform the church into the end point of a path of votive chapels. He worked on the church from 1581 till 1583, when the Capuchin Fathers settled in the building.

Soldati’s plan had been to create a square plan, with rounded corners and protruding side chapels. When Ascanio Vitizzi took over, in 1610, he added a high drum, which is supported by pillars. This drum was later hidden by a vertical wall constructed in 1802.

The marble altars were designed by Carlo di Castellamonte.

One wing of the convent houses the Duca degli Abruzzi National Mountain Museum.

Santa Maria del Monte Church Turin

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