Madonna del Sasso

Locarno, Switzerland

The Madonna del Sasso is a sanctuary and pilgrimage church in Orselina, above the city of Locarno in Switzerland. It is the principal sight and goal of pilgrimage in the city.

The founding of the sanctuary goes back to a vision of the Virgin Mary that the Franciscan brother Bartolomeo d'Ivrea experienced in the night of 14/15 August 1480. The interior is highly decorated, and a platform gives a magnificent view of the city.

The sanctuary is linked to Locarno city centre by the Locarno–Madonna del Sasso funicular.



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Founded: 1498
Category: Religious sites in Switzerland

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Bob Ward (19 months ago)
Don't miss that visit if you have a few hours to walk and wander around in the heights of the mountains, walking back to the parking lot (easy access and free...). Beware of some steep passages if you don't wear appropriate shoes and be careful if you're not accustomed to long and sometimes difficult paths, but the views are worth the effort ☺
Alexandra S (20 months ago)
Although it's 7.2 fr the full trip to the Madonna del Sasso, we couldn't have done it without the funicular. It's a long way up the hill.
Juan Mata (2 years ago)
Such a beautiful place.
Urban Traveler (2 years ago)
Great excursion. Sights are really pretty
Josh C (3 years ago)
The funicular takes you all the way to the top where the Madonna del Sasso is located at. The views of Locarno and the lake are breathtaking. Totally recommend it!
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