It’s Not Just a Church. It’s Superga!

Basilica of Superga

It wasn’t my first time to go to Turin (Torino), but it was indeed my first time to visit the Basilica of Superga. I only knew about Superga because of the tragic plane crash back in 1949. But, there’s definitely more to this church than just that incident.

It is fully accessible and served by good car access, or from the Turin center, bus (N. 79), and also a very charming trolley system (Tram N. 15). The tram is easy to get from the center. Be aware that the tram leaves the station at Sassi on the hour only and returns from Superga on the half hour only. So, plan your arrival time unless you want to spend 45 minutes hanging around. The tram ride is 20 minutes.

The Basilica of Superga is located in Turin (Torino). It was constructed by Filippo Juvarra in 1717-1731. It was built as a tribute to the Virgin Mary after winning th war with France in 1706. The Basilica stands 75 metres high from ground level to the tip of the Cross, is 51 metres long inside and 34 metres wide. The inside is completed with rich chapels adorned with stuccoes, marbles and precious sculptures and paintings.

View of the city of Turin from the Superga

We arrived so early in the morning, so there are still few people around. The morning breeze make the whole city’s view a bit blurry because of the fog. The captivating ride to Superga grants you a magnificent view of the city of Turin and the alps.

The bas-relief representing the Blessed Amedeo of Savoy on the high altar is quite remarkable. The tall dome dominates the surrounding landscape between the two 60 metre tall bell towers inspired by Borromini. Savoy’s (the once king of Italy) are buried there. I love the room in the Basilica where people had drawn pictures and left thanks for their miracles.
On May 4, 1949, the aircraft carrying the footballers back home froma victorious match played at Lisbon crashed against the base of the rear wall of the Basilica complex, maybe due to adverse weather conditions. 31 died: all the regular and reserve team members, the six people accompanying them and the air crew. A great plaque placed on the crash area commemorates the tragedy and is the destination of many pilgrimages.

That’s my son on the stairs

The lovely landscape around the church made us stop once in a while because it tempted us to pose and savor the greens. The kids had fun running and viewing at each fences.

This is a day trip that I would recommend to anyone who wants to enjoy a slow, easy paced day. There is a little walking, but it certainly won’t cause much strain. It’s definitely worth a visit for the view, the architecture and grandeur of the church itself.
– – – Until our next adventure – – ->


2 thoughts on “It’s Not Just a Church. It’s Superga!

  1. lovely songs playing while I was reading your blog about turin. I'm also interested to see turin, specifically to see the Shroud of Turin. I'm not sure if it's still there…. and I heard it's authenticity is being debated. anyhow, lovely pics!!


    1. The Shroud of Turin is only open for public every two years (if i’m not mistaken). I have been to Turin twice already. First for Z’s photo shoot then this one. I never been yet to the real city of Turin. Maybe this summer.


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