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.
An upward receding of walls.
A nice contrast between smooth and rough in the tower masonry.
There are multiple terraces on the way up around the church, which makes a nice transition from profane to sacred space.
A strikingly modern sundial, yet... 1574??
Terraces and Alps.
The ornate interior belies the simple exterior, as is common among alpine Catholic churches.
The organ just barely fitting up on the balcony. What is that material — is it wood painted to look like exotic veined stone?
More of that pew chiaroscuro.
Light from many directions.
The pulpit has a secret entrance!
A side chapel, still quite ornate.
A festive and blinging altar composition.
A briefly sunnier view of the full space.
The view west/upstream from the highest terrace in the churchyard, which is the Friedhof (graveyard).
The Friedhof clearly emphasizes quality over quantity. There's that railroad bridge again too.
The gutter of the adjacent house's roof is barely higher than the low churchyard wall.
Ah, here's a little bit more Friedhof space, bounded by this very strange shingled wall.