Castor and Pollux

The entrance to Palazzo Reale is guarded by the statues of two mythical twins, Castor and Pollux. The statues looked majestic in spite of their worn off green color.

The local legend is that they watch over the border between the ‘sacred’ (white magic) and ‘diabolical’ (black magic) halves of the city. (If you believe in that sort of things.)

Turin is a point on an international triangle of white magic; the other points being in Prague and Lyon. The equestrian statues represent Castor and Pollux, the Dioscuri twins of Greek and Roman mythology and of the zodiac sign Gemini. When Castor was slain in battle, Pollux begged his father, Jupiter, to let him follow Castor into the underworld. Moved by Pollux’s love for his twin, Jupiter instead decided the two would share the fate of life and death by spending one day under the earth and the next in the heavenly abodes. Here in Turin, they guard an invisible line where the sacred and diabolical parts of the city meet.

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28 Responses

  1. Nessa says:

    I have never heard of the international triangle of white magic. I'm going to check this out.

  2. Interesting story to go with those shots.

  3. Julie says:

    I love that idea of an 'international triangle of white magic'. I wonder what 'white magic' is?

  4. Pat says:

    Beautiful shot of the statue against the azure sky, and an intriguing story behind it.

  5. magiceye says:

    cool shots with interestig info

  6. Rajesh says:

    Very beautiful statues.

  7. Sylvia K says:

    Fascinating history, beautiful statues and lovely blue skies! Those make for a terrific post for the day and you always have one of those, Indrani! Enjoy your weekend!


  8. Regina says:

    Awesome captures and history!

    Happy SWF.

  9. Carver says:

    Very interesting information and the statues are very beautiful.

  10. Amazing. Beautiful. Thank you.

  11. Siromade says:

    Great photos of the statue, the white magic is there no black magic?hehe

  12. Anu says:

    very interesting! this was one story i hadnt read!

  13. always find statues interesting.

    happy weekend.

  14. lovely patina on the statue. the international triangle of white magic is quite intriguing–will check it out.:p

  15. ladyfi says:

    Great shots – and I like the lovely legend of the devoted twins.

  16. radha says:

    I never realised the twins of Gemini had names ( how stupid of me!). Nice piece of info.

  17. eileeninmd says:

    Interesting post and cool statues. Happy skywatching.

  18. Intersting read, Did not know about the twins, Thanks

  19. alicesg says:

    Very informative article. Love the way you took photo of the statue. Have a nice weekend.

  20. moe lauher says:

    Thanks for sharing this – I learn so much from following memes.

  21. Prospero says:

    Castor and Pollux, my favorite twins!

  22. Francisca says:

    The story of the twins make me think of the Asian concept of Yin-Yang, necessary and complementary opposites. Handsome lads on these horses, and I personally like a verdigris finish on bronze.

  23. George says:

    The statues are very impressive. Thanks for the information about Castor and Pollux. I didn't know about the international triangle of white magic before.

  24. Denise says:

    Magnificent statues Indrani, and a fascinating story. Thank you!

  25. Onkar says:

    Fascinating story and great pictures.

  26. sujata says:

    Wonder why we dont have sculptors like them anymore! Such lovely detailing. Lovely shots and interesting story.

  27. YOSEE says:

    The sculpture in the last pic. is magnifique ! Love that star on the head !

  28. Pietro says:

    Very nice pictures with interesting information.

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