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Turin is the capital city of the Piedmont region of Italy. Geographically, it is situated on the banks of river Po and the foothills of the Alps Mountains. It is a cosmopolitan town and the headquarters of the automobile manufactures of the famous Fiat, Lancia and Alfa Romeo.  It is therefore known as “the Automobile Capital of Italy’ or “Detroit of Italy”.

A Roman military camp was created in the first century BC. About 5,000 people stayed together surrounded by high walls to protect themselves from the invaders. The signs of early history are still visible. It is an architectural city famous for its Rocco, Neo-classical and Baroque architecture. Turin has been the birthplace of many eminent personalities who contributed to the Risorgimento of Italy.

The history of the city is reflected in its museums, churches, cathedrals gardens, restaurants and piazzas. Mole Antonelliana is the largest museum in the tallest museum in the world and is a landmark of Turin and is 167 meters tall and appears on the reverse of the 2 cent Italian euro coin and was the official emblem for the winter 2006 Olympics.

It presently houses the National museum of Cinema. Turin Cathedral is the most important church of the city. Adjoining the cathedral is the Santissimo Sudario where the body of Christ is believed to be wrapped in a shroud when he was taken down from the cross.

Turin was the first capital of unified Italy which was later moved to Florence and then soon to the present capital, Roma.  Much of its splendor and magnificence was lost during the Second World War due to strategic bombing which was done primarily to demoralize the enemy and affected the overall nation’s capability.

But it was speedily rebuilt and lured many immigrants. It is presently a part of the famous triangle together with Genoa and Milan. It has recently hosted the winter Olympics in 2006.The city has some of the best universities and colleges of the world, the most famous one being the Polytechnic University of Turin.

The famous alcohol factory Martini and Rossi, the famous clothing company Kappa and the famous chocolate Cafarrel named after its entrepreneur Pierre Raul Caffarel are all housed her. The famous International Space Station modules -Harmony, Columbus and Tranquility were created in Turin. One of the famous newspapers of Italy ‘la Stampa’ is published here. The RAI tv of Italy also has a centre in Turin. It is one of the richest towns of Italy.

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