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THE SAVOY DYNASTY IN CASTLES AND NOBLE RESIDENCES

The Royal Savoy Residences in Piedmont have boasted UNESCO recognition since 1997 and, together with the many noble residences scattered throughout the region, testify to the great power of the House of Savoy in ruling and dictating the principles of a refined lifestyle. This network of aristocratic buildings began to take shape in 1563, when Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Savoy, moved the capital of the Duchy from Chambery to Turin, thus creating the need to reorganise the territories in terms of urban planning. His successors established a political and administrative 'Command Zone', formed by the buildings located in the centre of Turin, and a 'Crown of Delights', which instead represented a system of extra-urban 'Maisons de Plaisance' intended for leisure, hunting and the many institutional or purely pleasure parties.

 

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