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“Baroque at its finest”

Santuario Basilica La Consolata
Ranked #8 of 367 things to do in Turin
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Melbourne, Australia
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188 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Baroque at its finest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

A wonderful basilica with lots to see. Not only the fabulous baroque features, in the main church, but the Crypt of the Grazie, and the lovely chapel dedicated to the two Queens - Maria Teresa and Maria Adelaide. There are a lot of votive offerings; hundreds of military epaulettes, war crosses, etc. from the two World Wars. Well worth a visit

Visited June 2014
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“beautiful church with a welcome feeling”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

A fairly small but absolutely beautiful church. I don't want to say much more because if you are in Turin and you like churches, then this is an absolute must. There was a small free to enter mueseum/exhibition next door where you can climb to the top of the tower for a great view of Turin ...worth visiting if you are at the church as it is right next door. The staff at the exhibition were extremely friendly and informative...worth taking a look at the huge collection of small paintings of the "miracles"!

Visited June 2014
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Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Blows you away!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

If you're staying in the Porta Nuova area, this famous basilica is a 25-30 minutes' walk away. Don't let this deter you, it's a must (and lots to look at during the walk!).
The first church was built here as early as the 11th century, dedicated to Sant'Andrea (St Andrew). Now only some fragments remain. The church was transformed to its present state between the late 17th and early 18th century. At the very beginning of the 20th century it was further enriched with polychrome marble and stucco decorations.
This is baroque in all its richness - some might say it's over the top and that the splendour overwhelms you. When we visited, an orchestra was playing Bach, and sitting there listening also gave us time to take in the details of the magnificent altar and the cupola frescoes. But to me, perhaps the most interesting part was "the gallery of the Paintings" with hundreds of naive votive pictures which bear witness to the faith in the comforting powers of la Madonna della Consolata.

Visited June 2014
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“It Takes Your Breath Away”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014

This really is a Baroque masterpiece and entering from a bright and sunny square and adjusting to the interior has the WOW factor. The amazing display of arch after arch with equally ornate side chapels and well placed lighting is memorable. We were particularly lucky to catch a separate exhibition relating to the three hundredth anniversary of the building and greatly appreciated the time and care shown to us by the volunteer staff. Sadly we have very limited Italian and they had limited English but with goodwill on both sides much was added to our visit.

Visited May 2014
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“Restrained Baroque?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

Over-the-top Baroque, but still with an intimate feel: it didn't leave you feeling exhausted from all the overdone detail.

Visited May 2014
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