The Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians
: Basilica di Maria Ausiliatrice
) is a church in Turin
, northern Italy
. Originally part of the home for poor boys founded by John Bosco
, it now contains the remains of Bosco, and 6,000 relics
of other saints.
According to legend, a vision of the Virgin Mary
appeared in a dream to John Bosco
in 1844 or 1845 and revealed the site of the martyrdom of the Turinese saints Solutor, Adventor and Octavius
. The Basilica dell'Ausiliatrice was built on the site of their death. The church houses the relics of these saints.