Chiesa di San Rocco, Lugano
The San Rocco church was built in the 17th century on top of the already existing church from 1349. The wall frescos show the holy San Rocco of Montpellier who protects the people suffering from the Plague. For several years from 1985 the church which has the biggest religious significance for the Lugano people has been renovated.
San Rocco was constructed in 1592, although the choir is from the 18th century and the façade from 1909/10 - it looks much older, though! Most frescoes are from the 17th century, and especially the ceiling is fantastic!
In my last picture you can see a statue of St James, there was also an engraving of his shell in the wall. I tried to find out why, and if Lugano is part of the Swiss Camino, but unfortunately I did not find any information.
The church is somewhat hidden at a small piazza, but it looks very pretty. When we were inside, a heavy thunderstorm started, so we spent about half an hour here, sheltering from the storm and hearing the thunder and the strong rain. This made the experience very special! On this small piazza, there are also a few benches where you can have a rest. We found this to be a very relaxing spot, as it was so quiet and further away from the crowds.
Constructed in 1349 this is Lugano's most ornate churches, redecorated in 1723 in a baroque style. The church does not look like much from the outside so make sure you take a peek inside.