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Cittadella (La), Turin

Cittadella (La) - Turin, Italy
Cittadella (La)
via Cernaia, Turin, Italy 10121Map
Neighborhood: Center
Overview

This is the only remnant of the grandiose, pentagonal fortress which once extended to what are today Corso Inghilterra and Corso Vittorio. It was built in 1564-68 and impetuously demolished in 1856. It survived numerous sieges including the hardest one in 1706 during the famous Pietro Micca episode. During the siege, the battle mostly took place in the various tunnels hollowed out under the walls. To prevent an attack by the French who were trying to enter the city through underground passages, Pietro Micca did not hesitate in sacrificing his own life exploding a mine which stopped the advances of the enemy.

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