The beautiful baroque basilique of Superga, built on a hill over Turin.
I also posted a detail some months ago see here
Infos from basilicadisuperga.com:
The Basilica di Superga was built to satisfy a vow made by Vittorio Amedeo II made in front of the statue of the Mother of Graces during a difficult time for the Savoy dynasty. In 1706 Turin was invaded by the French troops of Luigi XIV who ambitiously hoped to transform Piedmont into a French province, but found a fierce resistance on the part of the Duke Vittorio Amedeo II.
The story claims that on the 2 September 1706 the Duke, along with Prince Eugenio, climbed the hills of Superga to examine the battlefield from a great height. The small church at the top of the hill served the few parishioners of Superga. In front of the statue of the Madonna, the Duke made a vow: if he obtained victory against the French, he would erect in that place a large church in his honour.
When descending the hill the two princes discussed their plan of battle. On the morning of the 7th September at 10 o'clock the fighting began. The battle was bloody and terrible but the Piedmontese army had the better of their French counterparts who were defeated. Turin was free and Piedmont maintained it's liberty.
The Duke Vittorio Amedeo II assumed the crown of Sicily and then Sardinia and in 1717 laid the first stone of the glorious temple vowed in the honour of the Madre del Salvadore - The Savour of Turin. It was necessary to lower the hill by forty metres, and after having demolished the existing church, sold to the King by the Council of Turin. The project to build the Basilica was handed to the messinese abbot Filippo Juvarra, who produced an outstanding piece of architecture. The Basilica was opened to the public after 14 years of work on the 1st November 1731.
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mikolaj_kawa (0) 2008-02-10 1:10
Hello Giorgio! Amazing church. Wonderful architecture. Beautiful POV. Good colors, light and sharp. Very good capture. Well done!
meltemi (9782) 2008-02-10 2:22
questa foto è davvero spettacolare, in primo luogo per il tuo punto di ripresa ben scelto, dal basso, che esalta la maestosità della basilica, poi per i colori che contrastano magnificamente.
La nitidezza è davvero superba. Bravissimo, anche per la nota.
lousat (64069) 2008-02-10 3:22
Ciao Giorgio,ottima scelta dell'angolazione e della luce e soprattutto nessuna presenza umana nella foto,ottima davvero anche la nota,ciao,buona Domenica,Luciano
Bruno40 (6658) 2008-02-10 4:09
Nice architectural photo, very well composed and with agood level of details.
asajernigan (19669) 2008-02-10 6:59
Great papagolfe shot on this fine Sunday! Your composition is great with nice color and lighting. The shot seems to be a little over sharpened causing the edges of the building to be jagged rather than smooth. I have found that if you sharpen after down sizing the results are better.
clio (27955) 2008-02-10 9:19
Bella architettura e di colori molto belli col cielo blu che migliora bene il giallo.
Io andrò 4 giorni a Torino in due settimane ed io vedrò la basilica!
Grazie anche per la nota interessante.
chpp (4281) 2008-02-10 19:20
Beautiful showing of this amazing architecture piece
Good sharpness and colours
miumiu (3888) 2008-02-11 11:30
Wonderful composition and sharp colours!
l like it, wonderful architecture!
Clementi (52514) 2008-02-12 1:03
Ciao giorgio ,
eccezionale il pov dal basso ne esalta la maestosita' della basilica .
c'e' solo un poco di distorsione ma non da' fastidio .
Bluejeans (64243) 2008-02-14 11:22
Ola Giorgio ,
Fantastica Basilica tem uma arquitectura muito bonita com belos detalhes artisticos , gostei do contraste entre o azul e o laranja , bom enquadramento da foto , parabéns !!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
carlab (2095) 2008-02-14 14:55
bella, costruita per essere vista da lontano... ma anche da vicino è bellissima!
bravo, un ottimo pov
Philippe (11836) 2008-02-15 12:06
Hi, Giorgio. I've already seen Superga, but always from a distance - among others from Monte Viso. So, here is a good opportunity for me it to see it better. It stands out very well against the beautiful sky here with a good contrast between the orange tones and the bleu and white of the sky. It is alos well framed by the vegetation on the right. Good light and nice colours.
sebinho342 (19317) 2008-02-18 5:27
Hi Giorgio and thanks for your words, i hope i won't disapoint you with my coming shots on Firenze but as far as i've scroll my memory card i think i will have between 5 and 15 good pictures ;)
This is an amazing church here that you present, italian are for sure the best in that art : your churches and cathedral are really sublime, from exterior and interior.
I think you applyed perhaps a little bit too much sharpness here.
I love baroque style
ruisc_pt (10133) 2008-02-19 10:05
stunning colours and light
a great image for a stunnong Basilic
I really enjoy it
jafadabret (56497) 2008-05-07 22:53
J'aime la beauté de cet édifice. Cette architecture est très élégante et ses couleurs ressortent de belle façon sur le bleu du ciel.
francio64 (38254) 2008-08-18 14:06
ottima ripresa della basilica di Superga.
Mi piace il POV in diagonale, consentendoci così di poter ammirare sia l'entrata (molto particolare), come anche la fiancata della chiesa.
Ottima la resa dei colori e del contrasto.