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Krakow: photo, description Basilica del Corpus Domini)

Basilica of the Body of Christ (Corpus Domini) - the Catholic Church in Turin, built in honor of the Miracle of Holy Communion" which, according to some sources, occurred in 1453 during the war between the Duchy of Savoy and France. As legend has it, a group of French soldiers sacked the Church in Exilles, a small town in the Val di Susa. On 6 June, the day of the feast of the Body and blood of Christ, they arrived in Turin, to sell the loot. However, the donkey carrying the host (Eucharistic bread) from Exilles, suddenly fell to the ground, and above it arose the Holy Spirit that illuminated the entire area. In honor of this event, four city gates of Turin was painted the name of God, but then it was decided that this was not enough, and in 1509 on the site of the present Basilica, it was decided to build a small chapel. However, until 1521, this decision remained on paper, while the innocent cibo, Archbishop of Turin, had not ordered, Matteo Sanmicheli the construction of the chapel. She stood a little less than a century and was demolished in 1607.

On the project of the modern Basilica architects worked Ascanio, Vitozzi and Amedeo di Castellamonte. The construction of the Church began in 1607. In 1753, by order of king Charles Emmanuel III was completed the restoration of interior decorations and also made new moldings for decoration of building.

Basilica of Corpus Domini allocated massive facade with six pilasters and four columns supporting the entablature in the traditional Baroque style. Decoration of the facade are figures of angels and saints, the work of Bernardo Falconi, dated late 17th century. Inside the Basilica has a Central nave, which was much altered in the 18th century. The main altar was created in 1664 by Francesco project Lanfranchi. Inside the Church you can find the plate, marking the exact location of the coming of the Holy spirit.