San Domenico, Turin

Coordinates: 45°04′27″N 7°40′51″E / 45.074172°N 7.68075°E / 45.074172; 7.68075
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Church and Convent of Saint Dominic
Chiesa e Convento di San Domenico
Façade of the church
San Domenico, Turin is located in Turin
San Domenico, Turin
San Domenico, Turin
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45°04′27″N 7°40′51″E / 45.074172°N 7.68075°E / 45.074172; 7.68075
DenominationRoman Catholic Church
DedicationSaint Dominic

The Church and Convent of Saint Dominic (Italian: Chiesa e Convento di San Domenico) is a Roman Catholic church located in the city of Turin, Italy. Throughout its history it has served as a church, as inquisition tribunal, and as a masonic lodge.


The church was built during the first half of the 13th century by Dominican friars, in gothic style.[1][2] The adjacent convent was built in 1260 by Father John of Turin,[3] who also established a library within the complex, thus making Saint Dominic, at the time, one of the cultural centers of the city.[1][3] Shortly afterwards, towards the end of the 13th century, Saint Dominic became the seat of the Inquisition Tribunal of Turin,[1] sentencing approximately 80 heretics to capital punishment throughout its existence.[3] The façade of the building was erected in 1334, and the bell tower in 1451.[3][1] During the Black Death epidemic of Turin occurring in 1630, a steel grate was placed on the entrance of the church as to allow churchgoers to attend mass without entering the building itself.[1] During the Napoleonic period, most of the relics and precious materials in the church went missing, and the building became the seat of a Masonic lodge.[1] It is currently the only surviving gothic building in the city.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "La Chiesa di San Domenico a Torino". SeeTorino (in Italian). 2014-06-26. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  2. ^ "Chiesa di San Domenico - Archeocarta". Archeocarta (in Italian). 2014-10-28. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  3. ^ a b c d "Cultor- Atlante di Torino - San Domenico". Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  4. ^ "Chiesa e convento di San Domenico - MuseoTorino". Retrieved 2018-03-09.