Harmonious and almost delicate, the Church of St. Francis and its convent stand cheek-by-jowl with the painfully bulky, modern building that houses the city's Department of Education, Culture, and Sports. The history of the parish goes back to the early 13th century, when it was allegedly founded by Saint Anthony of Padua. The current church was begun in 1538, however, on the remains of earlier constructions. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the interior is the series
of frescoes, which have been restored to their original splendor. Note the fine marble carvings and paintings on the side altars.
Via S. Francesco, Locarno, Ticino, 6600, Switzerland