A city of history

Discovering Torino means exploring twenty centuries of history in the capital of baroque architecture. It is to the undisputed masters of that style - GuarinoGuarini, FilippoJuvarra and AscanioVitozzi - that the city owes the royal residences, the palaces of the aristocracy, museums, churches and elegant squares. Palazzo Carignano, where the E.U.A. Conference will take place, was designed by Guarini, as were the Chapel of the Holy Shroud in the Cathedral, the church of San Lorenzo, the magnificent building which houses the Egyptian Museum and the Galleria Sabauda. Founded in 1824, the Egyptian Museum is the world'soldest and the second most important. It houses more than 30,000 items, including the black granite statue of Ramses II, the tomb of the architect Kha and a large collection of papyruses and objects. The Galleria Sabauda houses masterpieces of Antonello da Messina, Beato Angelico, Mantegna, Pollaiolo, Van Eyck and Van Dyck.

Juvarra was the architect of Palazzo Madama, which houses the Antique Art Museum, currently being restored, and of the façade of the church of Santa Cristina in Piazza San Carlo.

Visiting Piazza Castello you will come first to the imposing Palais Royal, the Royal Armoury, with one of the world's most important collections of arms, the Royal Library, which has in its possession a number of drawings by Leonardo, including his famous self-portrait, the State Archive and the TeatroRegio. In the same direction one can admire the Mole Antonelliana, the symbol of the city, in which the National Cinema Museum is located. With its collections of 140,000 photographs, 150,000 posters and 9,000 paintings, prints, and antique viewing and filming equipment, a print archive of inestimable historical value, a film library (5000 titles), a library and a sound archive, it's considered amongst the world's most important.

Following the new wing of the Royal Palace, one reaches the Palatine Gates, the entrance to Roman Torino. To the right are the Museum of Antiquity and the Royal Gardens.

As for modern and contemporary art, the Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (GAM) is the second most important gallery of its kind in Italy, with more than 5,000 paintings and 400 sculptures. Just outside Torino the Castle of Rivoli hosts exhibitions of international standing, and a permanent display of Italian and foreign artists from the 1950s to today in the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Not far from the Po-river is the Automobile Museum "Giovanni Agnelli".

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