And of course, I did shoot it all, inside and out. You didn't really expect me not to, did you? :). The Chiesa Di San Giovanni Battista (Church of Saint John the Baptist) is located in the small village Mogno deep up the Maggia Valley. It was built by renowned Swiss architect Mario Botta between 1992 and 1996, after an avalanche had destroyed the old baroque village church as well as a great number of houses in 1986.
It's a fascinating building, which stands out but still fits in. It is built of stone, as are so many traditional houses and buildings in the valley. The stones are white marble and dark gneiss, both from stone quarries in the valley.
It's a small church, with room for just about 15 people. But then, the village of Mogno is a small place, and today, not even inhabited all year round anymore.
The interior is plain and simple. But the grey and white and the lines form fascinating geometrical patterns and the rooms feels so bright and airy.
It's a special place, a magical place, even if you're not very religious.
The church has no windows, all the light comes through the round glass roof, bathing the interior of the church in the light of sunny Ticino.
The light and shadows add to the geometrical patterns, forming new, dynamic lines on the walls.
We spent quite some time there, in and around the church. But eventually, we had to leave the place, as we had a train to catch later on. So off we drove, but took a quick stop further down the road, to cast one last glance at the place.
It was a wonderful day, and a wonderful weekend, and hopefully, not the last time I visited this special spot.