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Gebaute Entfestigung
Constructing Defortification: Architectures of Opening in Turin in the Early 18th and 19th Centuries

Architekturen der Öffnung im Turin des frühen 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts

How does a city become an open city after a long history of being walled? Turin is notable in this regard for two important architectural ensembles: the Superga Basilica and Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. Defortification means destruction as well as the creation of new spaces. The architectural features at the edges of Turin give evidence to these changes in a very specific way, for they contributed to a new political order in the city and country.

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Audience: Art historians, historians