Fact Check: Viral video claiming Rahul Gandhi owns historic buildings in Italy is false

In a video that has gone viral on social media, a man, speaking in Gujarati, points to several massive buildings and claims that they are owned by Congress president Rahul Gandhi. He says Rahul Gandhi looted India and bought those magnificent buildings in Italy.

By Satya Priya BN  Published on  8 Jan 2021 12:55 PM GMT
Fact Check: Viral video claiming Rahul Gandhi owns historic buildings in Italy is false

Hyderabad: In a video that has gone viral on social media, a man, speaking in Gujarati, points to several massive buildings and claims that they are owned by Congress president Rahul Gandhi. He says Rahul Gandhi looted India and bought those magnificent buildings in Italy.

Several social media users have shared the video.



Many wanted to know if the claim is true.


Fact Check:

The claim that Rahul Gandhi owns the historic buildings shown in the video is FALSE.

NewsMeter extracted images of the building and searched using Google reverse image search. We found that the building in the video is Piazza Castello in Turin, Italy. It was designed in 1564 by Vitozzi. It's lined with porticoes and is the "heart of the city". According to spottedbylocals.com, "This amazing spot hosts the Royal Palace, the castle in the middle named Palazzo Madama, the Teatro Regio where all the operas are performed, and many other important spots."

In the middle of the square stands Palazzo Madama and on the side, you can see the Royal Theatre, the Royal Palace, and the Royal Library that houses Leonardo da Vinci's operas. In Piazza Castello (the Castle Square) begin the most important central streets, like Rome Street, Po Street, Garibaldi Street, and Pietro Micca Street.

Piazza Castello is a historic monument and is Turin's most popular tourist destination. It's positively steeped in the city's long political history. Enclosed by the city's Royal Palace, Royal Armoury, and State Archives, it's easy to see why this was seen as the 'Zona di Comando' for the Savoy Royal Family - a place from which they held power over the city.

We can also see the same building on Google street view.

Also, this claim was debunked by Alt news in April 2019.

Hence, the buildings seen in the viral video are historical monuments and tourist attractions in the city of Turin, Italy. The claim that they are owned by Rahul Gandhi is FALSE.


Claim Review:Rahul Gandhi owns historic buildings in Italy
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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