In the ancient streets, known as “chiocciola”, in the old city centre, mediaeval and baroque stand side by side in rare harmony.
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Built on the orders of the Bishop of Turin around 1037 AD, it is one of the largest Piedmontese Gothic buildings.
A triumphal arch monument dating from the end of the 1500s can be admired from the square Piazza Umberto I.
The splendid ceiling frescoes and decorations of the lunettes above the windows are worth special attention.
Tradition has it that St. Dominic himself founded this church, when visiting the city in 1220.
Inside the Preceptory a cycle of frescoes from the mediaeval period illustrating the Passion of the Christ have been uncovered.
It is no coincidence that Chieri was called the city of the hundred towers of the aristocratic families.
The streets of the city centre are dotted with various churches, often in Baroque style.
As early as the 1400s, the craft of weaving was one of the main economic activities.
Woven goods from Chieri have a centuries-old history, having started in the Middle Ages and become established over the following centuries.