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Juvarra’s bestiary –

In 1729 architect Filippo Juvarra, overseeing the modernization of via Milano, left a quaint sign of his passage: a stone bestiary of sorts, delightful in its uniqueness. If building number 11 bears dog heads (a symbolic nod to the nearby Inquisition headquarters), number 13 is instead topped by bulls (Turin's coat of arms) while number 18 sports lions, referencing the heraldry of the building's owner, Count Faussone di Germagnano. Juvarra likely intended to represent the three main powers of his time: the Church, civic insitutions, and nobility: three oft-opposing parties whose competing interests were seldom aligned.

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