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War and past in Turin

Spring 2010, I was out to enjoy the first warm and pleasant spring sunshine, when I decided to photograph some very interesting statues scattered around the historical center of Turin.

The most interesting is a monument to a dying horse during the famous battle of Novara during the first war of independence in Italy, is a monument located in Piazza Solferino in Turin.
The knight was Ferdinand of Savoy, the king’s brother. The images of the statue enhance the tension and suffering of the horse, the only statue of this kind.

Photo gallery: War and past in Turin

The curious thing is that actually is a statue to commemorate the horse more than the rider, something truly unique.

In 1848, several revolutionary riots broke out in many parts of Italy, as well as in many other parts of Europe.
The Kingdom of Piedmont (and Sardinia) apparently decided to take advantage of the favorable moment, and declared war on Austria, in alliance with the Papal States and the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, so they attacked the possessions of Austria in Italy.

The Piedmontese army was composed of two corps and a division of the reserve, for a total of 12,000 soldiers. Artillery and cavalry units were the best.
The Battle of Novara lasted the entire day of March 22, 1849 and ended only at dawn on 23 March, causing a heavy defeat and retreat of the Piedmontese army.

The other photos are dedicated to the monument Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy-Aosta, Duke of the Abruzzi, an Italian mountaineer and explorer and brave prince.
He is well known for his Arctic explorations and for his mountaineering expeditions, particularly to Mount St.Elias and K2.
In addition, he also worked as an Italian admiral during the First World War.

Looks like the House of Savoy and Turin were, in their own little, great warmongers.

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There are 4 comments for these photos

  • My favourite of the set is #2, which I think would benefit from cloning oou the bit of building to the left. I prefer the 2 close ups as the building, while I know gives some context and scale is just in the way.

    • I agree with you on the close up but the statue is in an important historical piazza also.

      Thank you for the comment anyway… more photo works on the way… do not miss them!

  • I really like #2