Sunday, May 22, 2016

                                                                                                                      May 22, 2016

Oratory of Our Lady of Fatima

Oratory of Our Lady of Fatima
Chiasso, Switzerland

"As the southernmost of Switzerland's municipalities, Chiasso is located at the border with Italy, ...From the 2000 census, 6,235 or 80.8% were Roman Catholic,...The entire village of Chiasso is designated as part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites (Link 1.)

Chiasso, Switzerland at the most southern tip of Switzerland
(Google Map)

The simple pale yellow church faced with its four white columns  is now nestled between two tall apartment buildings.  It features a single center door and two round upper windows.  Its single peaked roof is supported by a facade of short white triple columns.

Sanctuary and Altar

"The church-oratory of Our Lady of Fatima in Chiasso is a neoclassical building built in 1844 by Luigi Fontana (1812-1877) by Antonio Bernasconi, consecrated in 1845. The facade has two pairs of paired pilasters and pediment. Restorations in the years 1957 and 1995, directed by Elio Ostinelli (born in 1948) and Peter Preisig.

Inside the hall is covered with a barrel vault, the choir has a vault with the fresco of the Assumption in the style of Antonio Rinaldi, of the nineteenth century.   in the aisle, portrait busts of Bernasconi brothers, of the nineteenth century; small altar painted doors with scenes from the life of St. Francis de Sales (?), the beginning of the eighteenth century; marble statues of Tavarelli 1936 Saints Peter and Paul, already on the high altar of the parish Tele depicting San Carlo Borromeo, St. Anne with the child Mary, the Visitation, all works of the seventeenth century; Madonna." (Link 2.)

Nave Crucifix

Small altar painted doors with scenes from the life of St. Francis de Sales

Marble statues of Tavarelli 1936 Saints Peter and Paul

Stained Glass Windows

Sanctuary Paintings

Portrait Busts of the Bernasconi Brothers

Bronze Plaque

Photos: Taken on an iPhone by RW while visiting Chiasso from his home in
                 Basel, Switzerland.
Link 2: (translation)


God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)

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