A journey through Turin’s stagnant zoo, tortoises, lions and dragon bastions

Venice has lions, Turin has bulls. There are not many cities in the world that have such a close and special relationship with an animal, so much so that it is seen to be reproduced in monuments, facades, sidewalks, public fountains. A true icon of the city of Torret, thanks to its bottle green color and its ancient and recognized social function. The first torret was erected on July 17, 1862, according to documents from the city’s historical archives. Since then it has spread to streets and squares, especially markets, tree lined streets and public gardens. The cast iron works produced by Frosasco’s Pinerolys foundry have gradually been incorporated into rocks, some parks and mountains by example, but with less success. Today there are about 800 torrents in the city, each with its own storytelling (dedicated to special apps like iToret and ilovetoret), which vary by age, location and usage. But before the bull could enter the city, there was a fountain of public water. On the front of the Palazzo di Citt, in the arches and in the coat of arms of the municipality, as well as in the Cassa di Risparmio (now the Crt Foundation) via XX Settembre, they are in abundance, not less than thirty.



The earliest expansion to Milan near Porta Palazzo was the work of the great royal architect Filippo Juvara. In the early eighteenth century, he was also responsible for the three buildings in the open space where the Mauriziana Basilica stands in the corner of Via Santa Chiara. The door to Building 13, once called St. Ignatius Island, has a huge bull’s head. The other two, however, are decorated with stone carved animal heads, a true bestiary or eighteenth-century collection of animals.

At number 18 they are impressive The lion’s head (Animals in the Heraldic Coat of Arms of the then owner, Count Fauson de Germagnano) Dog head, The animal that equivalent excellence protects its master. At the time of the Inquisition, indeed, the Dominican Friars were seen as protecting Christians from apostasy: hence the nickname Dominic Cannes, Lord’s Dog.


Not just bulls, then: Turin, the capital of ancient Savard, rich in celebratory monuments, often on horseback. Lots here Horses, Proud and not spacious: Piazza from the most famous people in San Carlo (the famous Emanuel Filiberto who wields his sword, by Carlo Marochetti) and Piazza Carlo Alberto, guarded at the Piazza Real by two great horsemen, the Palazis in 1840 by Palazio and the Diogenes by Castor Polax at the great gate. Numerous other animals, however, often curious and unexpected, appear in front of city monuments and public and private buildings. Still in equines, the most favorite one (at least by those who recognize it) of course Mules: Excluding the bronze with Alpini in the Arch of Victory, dedicated to the art gallery by Pietro Canonica in 1930, which serves as the entrance to Valentino Park near the Umberto I bridge.

Not far away, along with Corso Cairoli, the great lion of Garibaldi’s monument, overlooks Murazzi del Poe: the symbol of human power, lying at the feet of the hero of two worlds, sculpted by Odoardo Tabacchi in 1887 with his fluttering gem. D The lion is one of the most common animals in the city. In the corner building via Porta Palazzo, Pietro Micca and Merchants, where the mand head holds a large ring in their jaws. And a lion from St. Mark, apparently Danawala, was crowned by Pietro Fenoglio in 1910, after the crown of the Asicurazioni General at Piazza Solferino. But the city has the most bizarre ornaments.

Dale Rosin in the corner and Maria Vitoria, Elephants in high relief While decorating the elegant lunettes of the 1930s building Two big bats The verandas of the residence designed for Achilles Pariani Mr. Pasquale Zanzibar in 1876, with Silvio Pelico in the corner by Madame Cristina, holding their wings.

After all, in a city that lacked nothing in terms of inspiration and decor from being the capital of Liberty, the Casa della Vittoria at Corso Francia 23 is even more proud. Two great dragons At its front door. One of the most intriguing and fascinating symbols in the rich Bastari of the magical Turin.

March 18, 2020 | 12:19

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