Sunday, January 17, 2016
"The church is known on this site from 818. In 1078 it was made a collegiata, becoming a cathedral in 1888. The original Romanesque building was oriented the opposite way to the present church, as is shown by remains of the apsediscovered under the current parvise. In the 15th century the church was expanded and the entrance moved to the present position, while the open roof was covered by a groin vaulted ceiling.
"There were extensive renovations in 1905-1910, when some Baroque chapels were demolished and the interior received frescoes by Ernesto Rusca.
"Facade" (Link 2.)
"Between the portals, inside square frames, are busts of the Four Evangelists and of the Kings Solomon and David. The entablature frieze has 17 figures, including biblical characters and the Sibyls. Also present are animal figures, while a restoration in 2002 showed traces of a fresco. The main portal of the Romanesque church is now moved to the sacristy.
Top Photo: Taken in January 2016 on i Phone by RW while on an 8 hour round trip train ride from Basel to Lugano, Switzerland.
Link 1: .https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lugano+Cathedral,+Via+Borghetto+2,+6900+Luganoemail@example.com,8.9486486
LInk 2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral_of_Saint_Lawrence_(Lugano)
God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)