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    Photo: Lago di Como (Lake Como)
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    Photo: Lombardia Beni Culturali

Sant’Abbondio Mezzegra

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The parish church of St. Abbondio rises isolated on the western side of the village of Mezzegra, with its majestic front facing the lake. It was probably founded in the 12th century in Romanesque style, then rebuilt in 1702 by local emigrants and consecrated in 1724. The restoration works left its right side out, which was to become today’s parish house.

‪Sant'Abbondio‬: Description

The marvellous building presents an elegant baroque façade next to an ancient bell tower, built in 1764.  The inside of the church shows a splendid structure with a single nave that finishes in a deep presbytery.  Spectacular are the 17th century frescoes painted by Giovanni Mauro della Rovere, also known as Fiamminghino, surrounded by stucco decorations by Pietro Silva. The Fiamminghino was so called because of his father’s Flemish extraction. He was born in Milan in 1575 and worked for several years in the Como Lake area. 

Moreover, a spectacular vault overlooks the church. It was painted by Giulio Quaglio from Laino in 1714-16. The vault has recently been restored and represents the Glory of St. Abbondio surrounded by the Evangelists.

Sant’Abbondio
Address:
Sagrado San Abbondio, 6, Mezzegra CO 22010
Telephone:
+39 0344 40277