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The Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli (Church of Saint Mary of the Angels) is an awe-inspiring amalgamation of history, spirituality, and artistic brilliance. Housed in a modest exterior, the church captures the attention of every visitor with its stunning frescoes and serene atmosphere.

History Established in 1499 by Franciscan Friars, Santa Maria degli Angioli is renowned for its remarkably well-preserved frescoes by Bernardino Luini, a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci. The church stands as a perfect exemplification of the region’s rich religious and architectural history.

How to Get There Reaching Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli is simple. It’s located in the city center of Lugano, near the lakeside. From Lugano’s main railway station (Stazione Lugano), it’s an enjoyable walk of about 1km, or you can take the number 3 bus and get off at the Cassarate, Centro stop.

List of Attractions The main attraction within the Church of Saint Mary of the Angels is:

  1. The Passion and Crucifixion Fresco: Regarded among the most significant Renaissance paintings in Switzerland, this compelling fresco covers the entirety of the church’s main wall behind the altar.

Ticket Information Entry to the Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angioli is free of charge, although donations are encouraged to help with the maintenance of the church and the art it houses.

List of Tips for Visiting

  1. Do take your time to appreciate the impressive frescoes adorning the interior.
  2. Remember to maintain quietness and respect within the premises of the church as it is an active site of worship.
  3. Consider combining your visit with a walk along the lakeside or a visit to the nearby Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC) for a culturally enriched experience.
  4. Photography may be permitted without flash, but it’s recommended to check the latest guidelines upon arrival.
  5. Finally, even if you’re not an art or history enthusiast, the tranquility this place offers is a welcome escapade from the bustling city life.

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