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Moncalieri Castle

Castello di MoncalieriThe current system of Moncalieri castle is dated seventeenth century and is the result of enlargement of a medieval fortress. In the second half of the fifteenth century the building was chosen as the home of Duke's Jolanda de Valois. In 1475 was signed there the Treaty between the duchess, Charles the Daredevil, Duke of Burgundy, and Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan.

Since 1610, Carlo Emanuele I began the work to enlarge the ancient castle and continued under Vittorio Amedeo I and the Madame Royal Marie Christine of France: over sixty years, with the intervention of the architects of Amedeo di Castellamonte, Andrea Costaguta and Carlo Morello, the building took on the current configuration.

The castle was the favorite residence of Vittorio Amedeo II, who died there in 1732 after abdicating in favor of his son Carlo Emanuele III. During the reign of the latter, the building underwent numerous operations, under the direction of Benedetto Alfieri; the ornaments went on at the time of Vittorio Amedeo III (who died in Moncalieri in 1796), with the intervention of the architect Francesco Messina Martinez.

The arrival of French troops brought serious damage to the building, which was used as barracks and military hospital. In 1817, under Vittorio Emanuele I, we undertook the restoration operations: the staircase was made with three ramps in Carrara marble and the riding-school in the back of the main courtyard. In the Risorgimento, the apartments of Vittorio Emanuele II and Queen Maria Adelaide were rearranged and decorated according to the eclectic style typical of the late nineteenth century, almost entirely erasing the traces of previous centuries.

On 20 November 1849 the Proclamation of Moncalieri was signed there, countersigned by Massimo d'Azeglio, with which the king dissolved the Chamber of Deputies and the Chamber was asked to approve the new peace treaty with Austria.

After being occupied during the Second World War by Nazi-Fascists, partisans and finally by homeless people, in 1948 the complex became the headquarters of the Carabinieri Battalion "Piedmont". The royal apartments, given to the Superintendence for the Environmental and Architectural Heritage of Piedmont, have been restored and opened to visitors in 1991.

 

 

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Via del Castello 2 - 10024 Moncalieri (TO)

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