Chiesa di San Francesco, Locarno

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  • This church is nothing outstnding, but has some nice wall frescoes, and an interesting tombstone just outside its entrance, with an equally interesting monument just across its square. But its...  more »
  • The church of San Francisco in Locarno was built in the 13th century, and underwent huge transformation in the 16th century, when it was brought to the form that we know today. It's impressing...  more »
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  • Beautiful simple and luminous church, with an excellent acoustics, is used nowadays as the concert hall of the city of Locarno. The most famous symphonic orchestras and the best soloists of the world have been exhibited in the music weeks of Ascona. Recently restored this beautiful and harmonious basilica with three aisled columns, was consecrated in 1230 by the Bishop of Como Uberto Sala. It was reconsecrated after a reconstruction in 1316 by Bishop Giacomo, suffragan of the bishop of Como. The central nave is covered by a wooden ceiling fan, while the aisles are covered by vaults. The aisle is situated on 5 pairs of columns. The windows of the aisles are in Baroque style. Before the main apse in the shape of a semicircle, there is a dome on the arched arches, which in height slightly exceeds the main nave. The basilica is part of the adjoining Franciscan monastery, which nowadays houses the cantonal school of Pedagogy.
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  • Very beautiful church.
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