The 12th century Castle of Lagnasco (CN) has undergone various additions, changes of use and restoration work through its history, reaching the present day in a state of ruin. Partially restored by the Municipality of Lagnasco, its present owner, it now houses a permanent exhibition although there are many spaces still requiring renovation. The structure is part of the Castles of the Marchesi Tapparelli D’Azeglio in Lagnasco, a complex of three different buildings which began developing from the late 11th century, continuing to the 18th century.
Building began in approx. 1100, commissioned by the Marquis of Busca who created a fortified defence system, today the central wing. The official residence of the Tapparelli family from the second half of the 1300s, the Castles saw the greatest architectural and artistic changes in the 16th century under Benedetto I Tapparelli. Towards the end of the 19th century, Emanuele D’Azeglio Tapparelli, the last member of the family, brought the entire complex under his control, including those parts previously shared with other families. On his death in 1890, the castles and land were left to the community. A decade of work began in 1998 to reclaim the complex, bringing to light an unexpected treasure chest, the demonstration of artistic and architectural evolution through the centuries.