Cattedrale di San Giovanni Battista

Cathedral in Turin

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Turin's cathedral was built between 1491 and 1498 on the site of three 14th-century basilicas and, before that, a Roman theatre. Plain interior aside, as home to the Shroud of Turin (still alleged to be the burial cloth in which Jesus' body was wrapped, despite years of controversy), this is a highly trafficked church. The famous cloth is not on display but you can see where it is kept and watch explanatory video presentations.

The separate Romanesque-style bell tower looks older than it really is; it was designed by Juvarra and built in 1723. Just to the north lie the remains of a 1st-century Roman amphitheatre, while a little further to the northwest lies Porta Palatina, the red-brick remains of a Roman-era gate.