The House of Savoy in Oropa

The Royal Apartment of the Savoy Family in Oropa

By Santuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Royal Apartment (1700/1750)Santuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

The first room of the Royal Apartment

The connection between the Sanctuary of Oropa and the House of Savoy go back a long way and it would seem that a stately apartment was at the disposal of the royal family from the first half of the 17th century. The current apartments date back to the first half of the 18th century, which is witnessed by the portraits of the King of Sardinia Carlo Emanuele III (1701-1773), of his son and successor Vittorio Amedeo III (1726-1796), and their consorts, the first Savoyard sovereigns to use the apartments on the occasion of their visits to Oropa

Portrait of Carlo Emanuele III di Savoia (1751) by Campana GenoveffaSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Carlo Emanuele III of Savoy (1701-1773)

Portrait of Vittorio Amedeo III di Savoia (1751) by Campana GenoveffaSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Vittorio Amedeo III of Savoy (1726-1796)

Portrait of Maria Antonia Ferdinanda di Spagna (1752) by Campana GenoveffaSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Maria Antonia Ferdinanda di Spagna, Vittorio Amedeo III 's wife (1729-1785)

Portrait of Carlo Felice from Savoia (1826) by BillottiSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Carlo Felice of Savoy (1765-1831) was the Duke of Savoy and King of Sardinia from 1821 to 1831

Portrait of Maria Cristina Borbone di Savoia (1838) by Chiarla FedericoSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Maria Cristina Borbone of Savoy (1779-1849), wife of Carlo Felice of Savoy

Portrait of Vittorio Emanuele I (1800/1825) by Piedmont areaSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Vittorio Emanuele I of Savoy (1759-1824). He donated the Crown of the Child for the third coronation of the Madonna in 1820

Portrait of Maria Teresa d'Austria Este (1790/1810) by Piedmont areaSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Maria Teresa d'Austria Este (1773-1832), wife of Vittorio Emanuele I of Savoy. She donated the crown for the statue of the Black Madonna for the third coronation of 1820

Portrait of Carlo Emanuele IV di Savoia (1790/1810) by Piedmont areaSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Carlo Emanuele IV of Savoy (1751-1819) was King of Sardinia from 1796 to 1802. He abdicated in favour of his brother Victor Emmanuel I

Portrait of Maria Clotilde Borbone di Francia (1775/1779) by Piedmont areaSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Maria Clotilde Borbone of France (1759–1802). She was the young sister of the king of France Louis XVI and the wife of Carlo Emanuele IV of Savoy

Royal Apartment - dining room (1700/1750)Santuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

The salon

On the walls of the salon, which is appointed with furniture from 18th C.,  there are portraits of all the other Kings of Sardinia and of Italy up until the last King, Umberto II. Above the fireplace in the salon, there is a painting from 1807 of the Madonna of Oropa represented with the historical jewels which once adorned the Sacred Statue

Portrait of Maria teresa di Toscana (1830/1840) by Piedmont areaSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Maria Teresa of Tuscany (1801-1855). In 1817 she married Carlo Alberto and became the Queen of Sardinia. She donated to the Madonna of Oropa the "love knot": the first gift received from her husband

Portrait of Carlo Alberto di Savoia (1830/1840) by Piedmont areaSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Carlo Alberto (1798–1849) was the King of Sardinia from 1831 to 1849. His name is bound up with the "Albertine Statute".

Portrait of Vittorio Emanuele II (1854) by Regis MichelangeloSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Vittorio Emanuele II (1820-1878) was King of Sardinia from 1849 until 17 March 1861, when he became the first king of Italy

Portrait of Maria Adelaide (1854) by Regis MichelangeloSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Maria Adelaide of Austria (1822– 1855) was the wife of Vittorio Emanuele II, future King of Italy

Portrait of Umberto I di Savoia (1875/1899) by Piedmont areaSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

Umberto I (1844–1900), was the King of Italy from 9 January 1878 until his assassination on 29 July 1900

Portrait of Margherita di Savoia (1875/1899) by Piedmont areaSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

The Queen Margherita (1851-1926).After the tragic death of her husband Umberto I,she often went on a pilgrimage to Oropa. She donated a votive heart and the mantle for the 4th coronation of the statue

Royal Apartment - Room of the King (1700/1750)Santuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

The bedroom of the King

Royal Apartment - Room of the Queen (1700/1750)Santuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

The bedroom of the Queen

Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (1600/1624) by Piedmont areaSantuario e Sacro Monte di Oropa

In the bedroom of the Queen there is the painting of the "Presentation of Jesus at the Temple", made in Piedmont in 17th C.

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