The Superga basilica is named Basilica della Natività di Maria Vergine. The history began in 1706 when Savoy was occupied by France. The Duke of Savoy and the Prince of Carignano watched the besieged Turin from the hill of Superga and vowed to erect a memorial at this point in case of liberation. The Piedmontese won the decisive battle a few days later. The influential builder Filippo Juvarra was given the task of building a basilica. All building materials had to be dragged up the hill with donkeys on stony paths. After 14 years of construction, the basilica was opened in November 1731 in the presence of King Carlo Emanuele III. consecrated by Savoy to the Virgin Mary.
The Superga basilica is considered a Baroque masterpiece, the shape of the dome is reminiscent of the Pantheon in Rome. The dome of the basilica is 75 m high and can be climbed. If you have made the 131 steps you enter the balcony. With good visibility you can enjoy a wide panorama over Turin and the nearby Alps. On a guided tour, you can visit the Savoy apartment with the original furnishings. In the basement of the basilica there are some royal tombs of the Savoy family.