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The heart of Turin is Piazza Castello, lined with many interesting buildings, such as the Duomo with the Cappella della Sacra Sindone (Turin Shroud), the baroque San Lorenzo and the Palazzo Reale. The main shopping street, Via Roma links the city’s favourite square, the Piazza San Carlo, with its baroque Palazzo Madama, which houses the Museum of Ancient Art, and the Egyptian Museum ( the most complete after that of Cairo).
The famous Turin Shroud (Sacra Sindone) is the ancient linen winding-sheet in which, according to the tradition, the body of Christ was wrapped after his crucifixion. It is hosted in the Duomo, the cathedral of S.Giovanni, Turin's only Renaissance church; in the Holy Shroud Chapel, a baroque masterpiece by Guarino Guarini. Don't miss the lively Via Garibaldi, one of the oldest streets, lined with cafès and bookshops and the porticoed Via Roma.
The Basilica di Superga is a beautiful Baroque church by Filippo Juvara.
As Turin was the seat of the House of Savoy and the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy, you may visit the Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace), the Mole Antonelliana (with its large dome, symbol of the city) and the Royal Villa at Stupinigi. Fiat offers guided tours of their headquarters and the Museo dell'Automobile traces the history of the car on an international level.
Other interesting sights in town: Museo di Antichità (more than 8.000 objects from archaeological digs), the gothic San Domenico, SS. Martiri (example of Piedmontese Mannerism with works by Andrea pozzo, Zuccari and Filippo Juvara), Palazzo Barolo (typical Turinese mansion), the Santuario della Consolata, the Museo Nazionale del Risorgimento Italiano (which illustrates the process of unification of Italy), the Galleria Sabuada (works by Lippi, Mantegna, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Veronese, Rubens, Van Dyck and many others), Palazzo Carignano, S.Teresa, Museo Storico Nazionale dell'Artiglieria (one of the oldest artillery museums).
In the early 1900's Turin was one of the capitals of Art Deco style; many examples of this style may be admired in Corso Francia and adjacent streets.