Monte Tamaro, near Lugano, Switzerland and the church of Santa Maria deli Angeli

We took a 20 minute ski lift ride to the Monte Tamaro viewing point. Unfortunately, the weather was non cooperative.  Thus my pictures along the way weren’t worth posting.  Too much fog.

But, my visit to the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, located at the top of the mountain,  was very interesting.  The fog rolled into the open door of the church, and it was a lovely experience.

This great church or chapel was designed by the well-known architect Mario Botta. It was built between 1992 and 1996 and its innovative design represents a new take on religious architecture.

Built of porphyry, it stands on the edge of a slope opening onto what must be an amazing panorama on a clear day.

After my 3 limited photos I am adding some pictures of this chapel taken in better weather.

So, here was the ride up the mountain:

 

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And here’s my photo of the chapel interior.  It is really beautiful.

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I almost never miss an opportunity to light a candle for certain departed loved ones.  Some of them are lit up below.

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These pictures below are not mine.  Thank goodness for Google.

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A view of the pews with windows at foot level.  An interesting approach to listening or meditating with the Alps at your feet. You can’t really see the windows in the next picture.

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