Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians, Turin

Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians

Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians
45°04′51″N 7°40′33″E / 45.0809°N 7.6759°E / 45.0809; 7.6759Coordinates: 45°04′51″N 7°40′33″E / 45.0809°N 7.6759°E / 45.0809; 7.6759
Location Turin
Country Italy
Denomination Catholic
Authorising papal bull 9/06/1868
Founded 1865 (1865)
Architectural type Neocassical
Completed 1868
Diocese Archdiocese of Turin

The Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians (Italian: Basilica di Santa Maria Ausiliatrice)[1] is a church in Turin, northern Italy. Originally part of the home for poor boys founded by John Bosco, it now contains the remains of Bosco, and 6,000 relics of other saints.[2]

The basilica enshrines an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title Our Lady Help of Christians. Pope Leo XIII granted a Canonical coronation to the painted image on 17 May 1903 via his Papal legate, Cardnal Agostino Richelmy.

In addition, the church housing Bosco's relics was conceived by Antonio Spezia and built in 1865-1868 by Carlo Buzzetti (one of the first boys of the Oratory). The consecration took place in 1868.

Commemorative plaque for Don Bosco's mother, Mamma Margherita

According to legend, a vision of the Virgin Mary appeared in a dream to John Bosco in 1844 or 1845 and revealed the site of the martyrdom of the Turinese saints Solutor, Adventor and Octavius. The Basilica dell'Ausiliatrice was built on the site of their death.[3][4] The church houses the relics of these saints.

See also


  1. (editor) G. Cotichella (2015), Guida ai luoghi di don Bosco, Torino: Editrice ELLEDICI, p. 73, ISBN 978-88-01-05721-8
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-05-03. Retrieved 2007-02-12.
  3. San Solutore
  4. SALESIANI DON BOSCO-SDB/ Casa Madre TORINO-VALDOCCO / Santuario-Basilica Maria Ausiliatrice - 3

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