Church of Saint Peter
A journey around the Miasino community of Carcegna will delight you with picturesque views of the lake. Carcegna is particularly sunny thanks to its prime location; this village preserves the memory of a reasonably prosperous past, with its many seventeenth and eighteenth century palaces whose beauty (and panoramas) are hidden discreetly behind elegant Baroque street doors.
The Church of Saint Peter, situated just outside the historical city center, was reconstructed in the Baroque style in 1661 on the foundation of a Romanesque church that no longer existed. The project was entrusted to the famous architect Andrea Biffi from Milan, who also worked on the Beautiful Island for the Borromeo.
The church’s façade seems unfinished, and its Latin floor plan has only one nave, with four shrines mounted on its sides. The two shrines on the right are dedicated to the abbot Saint Maurus and to the Purification of the Virgin; the two to the left are dedicated to the Immaculate Virgin and the Adoration of the Magi.
Inside the church you will find the rich Baroque frescoes of Luca Rossetti (apse, 1762) and Salvatore Bianchi da Velate (dome, 1707 - chapel of Saint Maurus, circa 1686), altar cloths of well-known artists such as Federico Bianchi, Luigi Scaramuzza, Luigi Garzi, and Giorgio Bonola.
The paintings hanging on the apse, all created by Luca Rossetti, illustrate the death of Saint Peter (center) and two of his miracles (on either side): Tabitha’s resurrection and the healing of the cripple.
The marble altars and balustrades are from the nineteenth century, from the province of Viggiù (Giuseppe Buzzi Donelli).