Santa Maria degli Angioli is Lugano's most famous church, and the one closest to the lake. From the outside, it looks pretty, but a little plain - however, once you enter, it takes your breath away. There is a huge fresco painted on the wall that is separating the two parts of the church. It was created by Bernardino Luini in the 16th century. This fresco is, according to the website of Lugano Tourism, the most famous one in Switzerland. And yes, it really is stunning. All the details, the vivid colours, and the overall impression of this huge creation of art - I enjoyed it so much.
The church itself was built in 1499 and once belonged to a monastery, but this monastery was dissolved and torn down in 1848, where it once stood there is now a hotel. The surroundings don't support the beauty of the church: It looks as if it was just sticked onto the side of the much bigger hotel building!
There is not only this huge fresco to see in the church, but two more by Luini, and other beautiful paintings and decorations. It looks so different compared to all the other churches in Lugano, so make sure you don't miss it!
This church features the most famous renaissance wall painting in Switzerland. The church originally belonged to a monastery. The church itself was built from 1499 and was inaugurated in 1515. The master piece fresco and some of the others are from Bernardino Luini, a disciple of Leonardo da Vinci.
This church, santa maria degli angeli (holy mar of the angels) is a little unassuming and uninviting church at the end of the main shopping street, via nassa. you would not think much of it from the outside, but once you go inside there are wonderful frescos by bernardino Luini to discover. One of them - the most spectacular one, is 110 square metres large and shows 7 episodes of the passion of christ, all intermingled among each other
Church of Santa Maria degli Angioli
this old monastery church from the 16th century is interesting because of the wonderful fresco of Christ's Crucification by Bernardino Luini whose teacher was Leonardo da Vinci. I think it's very authentic and honest because it shows what crufications were actually taken for by people in Roman times and in the Middle Age - an exciting event, a celebration!