Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Paolo, Ascona

The clock tower sets the skyline

Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Paolo is not only the center of Ascona’s old town, but its high campanile adorned with a baroque version of the town’s coat of arms is the skyline.

The building we see today has been around since the 16th century and is the result of the original 13th-century structure’s enlargement. Part of the façade is Gothic, thanks to a 19th-century renovation.

Interior

The interior consists of one long nave with columns leading to a 16th-century frescoed choir and a marble altar. There are two side naves.

The altar masterpiece

The altarpiece depicting the coronation of the Virgin is by Ascona-born artist Giovanni Serodine. Serodine was a celebrated local artist and three of his major works (the altar and two paintings) are here. The altar was one of his last pieces.

The Serodine family home is conveniently next to the church

Casa Serodine, the family’s house, overlooks the piazza in front of the church. The facade is decorated with frescoes and stuccoes, some of which are attributed to his brother Giovanni Battista.

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