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Cavallermaggiore

From the templars to street artists

As with the nearby village of Cavallerleone, the name Cavallermaggiore originated, according to historians, in the presence of working horse farms. We can imagine them serving the Novalesa Abbey, which owned property in the area between the 10th and 11th centuries. The church of San Pietro, the oldest building in the city, today surrounded by a garden which is part of the “Essenza del territorio” project, bears witness to this period. Traces of the mysterious Middle Ages can be found in the church of Santa Maria della Pieve, later rebuilt in a flamboyant neo-Gothic style, and the interesting sites related to the Knights Templar. The crucial moment in the history of the town was when it fell under Savoy rule in the 14th century. From that point onwards it was a fiefdom of the Princes of Acaia and those of Carignano, and of the royal family from the reign of Carlo Alberto to that of Vittorio Emanuele III.
In the 18th century, under the patronage of the Princes of Carignano, architectural treasures were built in Cavallermaggiore: churches of great importance in terms of size, interiors and sculptural decorations contributed to giving the small town a rare aristocratic feel. Time has preserved that elegant, composed atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy a pleasant wander through the streets, discovering fascinating views or slipping into its courtyards such as that of the fine Palazzo Garneri, now the town hall. Cavallermaggiore is known for its traditional historical nativity scene, covering over 300 square metres, but the town also promotes modern art, as seen in the works of the many street artists who have taken part in the various editions of the Urban Art Festival.

Distances
  • From the Maira Trail to the Town Hall: approximately 860 m – 13 minutes on foot
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