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“The church you must visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli

Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli
Lugano Centro, Lugano, Switzerland
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Lugano, Switzerland
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“The church you must visit”
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

Visited April 2014
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“Fabulous Frescos”
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 little church is plain on the outside, but magnificent on the inside. Renaissance artist Bernadino Luini’s masterpieces grace the walls. His version of the Last Supper is reminiscent, yet very dissimilar from his contemporary Leonardo DaVinci’s version in Milan. One of the most striking differences is the position of the figure to the right of the Christ figure; those familiar with Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code, will definitely consider the significance of Luini’s arrangement. To see my pictures of Lake Lugano and the church frescos, go to my website: http://savvysightseer.wix.com/savvy#!lake-lugano/c1m03. Without a doubt, a stop in the church should be a part of any visit to Lugano!

Visited July 2013
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“The frescoes are a gem.”
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 this church.

Visited March 2014
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“A little gem”
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 Renaissance fresco.

This is a highly recommended sight in Lugano.

Visited August 2013
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“Heavenly Frescoes”
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.

Visited July 2013
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