Pagnona is an old little village situated in the High Valsassina , that rises on the southern face of the Mount Legnone.
The settlements that you can find in this area come from XVI century. Walking through the village , among the narrow streets and the streep stairs , you can see some residences from the medieval period and ancient doorways , in fact in the historical center there is a tower , that belonged to a more ancient construction. This area is famous thanks to several artists that were born in the territory , all coming from Tagliaferri’s family , that have frescoed a lot of churches in Valsassina , in Lecco , in Bergamo and in anothers places situated on the Lake Como. The village climbs in the mountan’s hillside , with groups of rural buildings characterised by the rooftops’ steps downhill that go down with the quota’s decrease.
Under the historical center of Pagnogna there is a valley , where you can find the St Andrew’s Church , a construction that dates 1200 , situated far from the residential area. The church was consacreted in 1566 by St Carlo Borromeo , even if at that time the church’s structure wasn’t fully complete : some essential elements were missing.
Only after one century they built the tower bell and added the baptistery and the tabernacle. Instead the sacristy and the major altar come from 18th century. The bells that you can see currently was consacreted in 1956 , replecing the previous. The curch hosts several masterpieces and treasures , like the “pala” (that represents Madonna and child and the Saints Carl, John, Battista and Ambrose) situated near the St Carl’s altar and the painting of the Lady of Sorrows from the School of Dolci in Venezia , the Lady is venereted in Pagnona and celebreted solemnly with the Procession and the Party that takes place in semptember.
Photos by Pietro Buttera, Ivo Buttera and from the site www.valsassinacultura.it