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May 28: Tarasp Fontana church

The Tarasp parish church was built in the 70s (the 1670s). It sits up on its own promontory, like a mini-version of the Chastè's outcropping.

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An upward receding of walls.

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A nice contrast between smooth and rough in the tower masonry.

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There are multiple terraces on the way up around the church, which makes a nice transition from profane to sacred space.

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A strikingly modern sundial, yet... 1574??

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Terraces and Alps.

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The ornate interior belies the simple exterior, as is common among alpine Catholic churches.

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The organ just barely fitting up on the balcony. What is that material — is it wood painted to look like exotic veined stone?

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More of that pew chiaroscuro.

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Light from many directions.

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The pulpit has a secret entrance!

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A side chapel, still quite ornate.

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A festive and blinging altar composition.

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A briefly sunnier view of the full space.

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The view west/upstream from the highest terrace in the churchyard, which is the Friedhof (graveyard).

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The Friedhof clearly emphasizes quality over quantity. There's that railroad bridge again too.

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The gutter of the adjacent house's roof is barely higher than the low churchyard wall.

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Ah, here's a little bit more Friedhof space, bounded by this very strange shingled wall.