Madonna del Sasso, Orselina, Switzerland

AUGUST 2008 – The church Madonna del Sasso overlooks Lago Maggiore and the city of Locarno, Switzerland, on a sunny afternoon. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Lago Maggiore is special in many ways. Not only is it split between Switzerland (in the north) and Italy (in the south) but it carries the best of those two cultures. You get Swiss accuracy combined with Italian lifestyle and language. And then there is a lot of Italian history to be discovered as well.

This image, for example, shows Madonna del Sasso in Orselina, Switzerland, a sanctuary and pilgrimage church that sits high above the city of Locarno in the mountains, overlooking the northern part of the lake. The sanctuary was founded after a vision of the Virgin Mary in 1480 and quickly became a popular destination for pilgrims. It can be reached directly from Locarno through the Locarno-Madonna del Sasso funicular and offers beautiful views across the lake and the city.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time25-AUG-2008, 16:14
LocationOrselina, Switzerland
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/200 sec at f/13
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4907 x 2952 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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