A church for the victory @ Chiesa di San Lorenzo

Of Dall'Armi, Giancarlo from Archivio storico Città di Torino

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A church for the victory

On August 10, 1557, the day of San Lorenzo, Duke Emanuele Filiberto alongside Philip II of Spain defeated the French army in the battle of San Quintino. As a sign of thanks, the two sovereigns both decide to dedicate a new church to the saint. Philip of Spain then built the Monastery of San Lorenzo dell'Escorial, not far from Madrid. Duke Emanuele Filiberto, on the other hand, not having sufficient economic resources, decided to dedicate an existing church to San Lorenzo: Santa Maria ad Presepae.

San Lorenzo Church. Photo by Giancarlo Dall'Armi, 1911-1928.

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