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Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli

Lugano Centro, Lugano, Switzerland
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Ranked #6 of 31 Attractions in Lugano
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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Norfolk, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

From the outstide, the Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli looks very unassuming, but inside is one of the most famous Renaissance frescoes in Switzerland, "Passion and Crucifixion" by Bernardino Luini. Among others are Luini's own take on "The Last Supper." The artist was a student of Lenoardo daVinci and is said to have worked with him directly. Another interesting... More

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California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Sadly, during my recent visit, July 5-07, the church was closed and under renovation. Fences and like covered the front and main side. Peeking through the fences (as they weren't working on the weekend) I couldn't tell whether they were trying to save or destroy the lovely paintings on the courtyard walls and archways. New up-market stores are being installed,... More

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Ponce, Puerto Rico
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I was lucky to have the opportunity to attend mass while being surrounded by the most beautiful fresco paintings. Indeed the outside of the church is very simple, but it encloses the most amazing paintings from Da Vinci's apprentice. The techniques resemble those of his teacher. The church is located in front of the lake and very close to via... More

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Lugano, Switzerland
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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Well known for a fresco, painted by Bernardino Luini, this small church, located at the south entrance of Lugano, will let you in awe! Just nearby the LAC, the cultural center that will open in some months

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Looking out of place because of its utterly simplistic architecture, the Church of St. Mary of the Angels (Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli) along the shore of Lake Lugano is one of the most interesting, but overlooked, sites in the picturesque town. While nearby Via Nassa is brimming with shoppers, luxury labels, outdoor restaurants and colorful vegetable stalls, the... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Gratefull surprise on visiting this small church but with some nice frescoes, specially the Last Supper made by da Vinci pupil Bernardo Luini. Who had the oportunity to see the original Last Supper in Milano will recognize Da Vinci strong influence and similar message of the moment, as concepted by Da Vinci. Also other nice frescoes can be seen in... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Wedged between some modern buildings, facing Lake Lugano, this church is a pretty little gem. Whilst its facade and exterior are unpretentious, inside the Church one finds several beautiful frescoes including two by Bernadino Luini who was a pupil of Da Vinci. The large fresco which covers the entire wall of the nave is considered to be Switzerland's most famous... More

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Port Townsend, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This lakefront church, surprisingly nestled between modern buildings & shops is covered within by beautiful frescoes by two masters, one of whom was a protege of Da Vinci. There is a semblance of the Last Supper on the far wall.

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Birzebbuga, Malta
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

From outside it doesn't seem a nice church but as long as you enter and see Luini's fresco infront of you you will change idea. There are lots of other frescoes and it's worth a visit if you're in Lugano.

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Barcelona, Spain
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

The mural by Bernardino Luini is one of the most incredible paintings I have seen in my life, period. To me it seemed as impressive as any of the most famous frescoes by Renaissance giants like Michelangelo, Leonardo, Botticelli... Even though the tourist office had already told us about its beauty, it surpassed all my expectations. When I walked into... More

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