Monday, 16 March 2015

Turin, Piemonte, simply Italy

Palazzo Reale, Torino. The magnificent Scissor stairway designed by Juvarra in the early 1700's for Carlo Emanuele Savoia's wedding. The double stairway starts at the top and joins together on the middle ramp. Here you see the underside of that middle ramp and the final separation again into two passages that are the first ramp. Gossips of the time thought it an impossible task to build, so on completion Juvarra added a medallion to the stairway showing the face of a man with a serpents tongue...next to an open pair of scissors ready to chop it off! (see detail)