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Ciriè

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The name derives from the name of a person, in Latin, Cirius. Municipality in the province of Turin between the valleys of Corio and Lanzo, near the plateau of the Vaude. Ciriè is washed by the river Stura. The center has a strong industrial vocation.
The area records the presence of a settlement since ancient times: the Salassi, that settled here, in the II century B.C. were for a long while engaged in a vain attempt to resist the invasion of the Romans, led by Appius Claudius and interested in building a quicker access road to reach the Gallia. The hard and unexpected reaction of the tribes forced the invaders to establish camps in the Ciriè area. The camp was named Castrum Cerreta, due to the fact that the area was particularly rich with oaks. In the XIII century, during the Middle Ages, the town was ceded to the Marquis of Montferrat and with the marriage between Giovanni and Margarita of Savoy, celebrated in 1296, the Savoy family also gained the control of this territory. During the invasion by French troops, in 1536, the castle was destroyed residence of Margherita of Savoy, whose government, till then was greatly appreciated by the citizens. In 1576 the Savoy ceded the domain to the D'Oria in exchange of some lands in Liguria.

Attractions:
- the XIV century Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in the Gothic style, which features a beautiful portal and a Bell tower surmounted by spire and pinnacles and embellished with mullioned windows. Inside it preserves an altarpiece depicting the Virgin, by the school of Ferrari and a precious wooden Crucifix of the Byzantine period, realized between the XII and XIII centuries, and a wooden triptych century, artwork of the artist Giovenone;
- the Church of San Martino of Liramo, in Romanesque style, was built around year 1000, perhaps on the remains of a Roman temple, as evidenced by the remains, inside, of stone used for animal sacrifices. It is flanked by a Bell tower, dated year 900 and retains a few vestiges of the ancient castle that once stood here;
- the Church of St Joseph built in the first half of the XVII century and preserves inside a fine altarpiece depicting the Virgin, attributed to Ferrari.
- the Church of the Confraternity of the Holy Shroud;
- the Chapel of Santa Maria in Spinarano;
- the Chapel of Our Lady of Snows;
- Villa Remmert, a beautiful example of Art Nouveau, built in the early XX century by the architect Fenoglio;
- Palazzo D'Oria whose current structure is the result of alterations made in the XVII century by the heirs of the D'Oria Family, who had bought this XVI century building from the Provana. The area, entitled to Carlo Emanuele, has been decorated by artists from the Swiss school, assigned as residence for the Savoy.

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