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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