Cattedrale di San Lorenzo was my first actual sight in Lugano. After having arrived by the train station, where I admired the spectacular view, while enjoying a delicious ice-cream, I slowly searched my way downstairs towards the harbour. After taking the steps down, right next to the funicular rail tracks, I stumbled upon this beautiful cathedral. The Cathedral of Saint Lawrence. A roman catholic cathedral, once founded in the middle ages, in the 8th century, but rebuilt from the end of the 15th century. It’s also the seat of the Diocese of Lugano, and dedicated to Saint Lawrence of Rome. As often in Italy, the church’s main feature is its facade, which was inspired by Giovanni Antonio Amadeo’s Certosa di Pavia.
Cattedrale di San Lorenzo Luganois made of white stone from Saltrio and Viggiù and of Carrara marble, and is divided in three sectors by four false columns supporting the entablature. In the middle sector is the main portal and a large rose window with decoration of cherubs executed after 1578. The decorations of the portals’ frames are of high quality, with figures of puttoes, birds and lion-protomes. The central portal, called the “Saints Portal”, has five medallions with reliefs, depicting four saints and, in the middle, the Virgin with Child. Between the portal’s frame and the entablature are two angels carrying torches, resembling the decoration of the Roman triumphal arches. 〈 via wikipedia
Below some smartphone snapshots of my quick visit to the beautiful cathedral.
Address Cattedrale di San Lorenzo Lugano / Cathedral of Saint Lawrence
Via Borghetto 1