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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maz iqbal (3 years ago)
The walk up to the monastery is rewarded by awe inspiring views of the lake and city. Or you can take the train up...If you are in Locarno then this is well worth doing.
Francois Cachat (3 years ago)
Lovely ride up with cable car
To Can (3 years ago)
Go early to avoid long queues. Interesting old cable driven railway. Church worth a visit.
Katarzyna Rodzik (3 years ago)
As always in Swiss all connections leads you easily and directly to your destination ?
Slinky (3 years ago)
Cute and vintage way to get to Orselina, though you can also get there by bus. The funicolare is cash-only
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