Basilica of Superga

church in the vicinity of Turin, Italy

The Royal Basilica of Superga is a large church on the outskirts of the Italian city of Turin. The site was originally bare until King Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia decided to create a cathedral there. He wanted a burial place for members of his dynasty, the House of Savoy. Construction lasted from 1717 to 1731. The building was designed by the Italian architect Filippo Juvarra. The building is often compared to the larger and more famous St. Peter's Basilica. Most of the Kings of Sardinia are buried there.

The former royal basilica today.

Further reading

  • Padre Benedetto Marengo, La Basilica di Superga. Cenni storici del più grande monumento juvarriano, Tipografia Scarafaglio, Torino, 1997
  • Reina Gabriele, Guadalupi Gianni, Superga segreta. Il Mausoleo dei Savoia, Omega, 2008, ISBN 88-7241-528-4