Seen from outside, the building is elliptical in shape, with a slanting roof and black and white stripes. The interior has a dizzying checkerboard design in the same colors. This is the church that was designed by the well-known architect, Mario Botta - the Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista at Fusio.

Mogno is a small hamlet in the Maggia Valley (Val Lavizzara) at 1,180 m, which has only been used as a Maiensäss (assembly of houses in the mountains used during the cattle grazing period) since the 19th century. In 1986 an avalanche destroyed the church and about a dozen houses that were fortunately uninhabited. In the 1990s the Ticinese architect rebuilt the small church, which is dedicated to John the Baptist.

The innovative building made from alternating layers of native Peccia marble and Vallemaggia granite was extremely controversial, but eventually became a landmark that is known far beyond the borders of Switzerland. The church has no windows, and the interior (which seats about 15 people) is only illuminated by natural light streaming in through the glass roof.

The chapel is not to be confused with Capella Santa Maria degli Angeli on Monte Tamaro, which was also designed by Mario Botta.

General information

Show Technical information content
All year
Time required
2 to 4 hours (half day)
Suitable for
Groups, Individual, Couples

Group & pricing information

Show Technical information content
German, Italian
Group Size
1 - 25

Discover the surroundings


Ascona-Locarno Turismo
6673 Maggia

Phone  +41 (0)91 759 77 26



Show on map


Ascona-Locarno Turismo
6673 Maggia
Phone  +41 (0)91 759 77 26

Travel information: Mogno

Current Offers

  • Airolo Summer fun in the mountains

    3 nights, 3 Nights in Family room, Half-board, 1 x fondue get-together per room per night, Ticino Ticket... from CHF 903
    Offer details

    Price per person in family room
    valid: 04.08.2020 - 15.09.2020

    Learn more about Summer fun in the mountains
  • Rodi-Fiesso Enjoy the regional cuisine

    1 night, 1 Night in Double room, Breakfast, Restaurant voucher per room per stay, 50% discount on the second... from CHF 100
    Offer details

    Price per person in double room
    valid: 04.08.2020 - 31.08.2020

    Learn more about Enjoy the regional cuisine