Church of Saint Leonard
The ancient Church of Saint Leonard sits on a knoll between the Valle and Selva Nocca streams, offering a sublime view of the Lago Maggiore (Great Lake) from its courtyard. The unique thing about this church is that its apse isn’t oriented to the east like those in most churches; this oddity was perhaps a part of the design plan.
The bell tower leans to the left side. Its current appearance emphasizes a more recent structure, but traces of the Romanesque era are also clearly distinguishable on the tower and façade; in particular, the two buttresses dating back to the beginning of the twelfth century, which were placed to support the structure, are clearly visible.
The sacristy, apse, and shrines to the side were definitely added later, during the Counter-Reformation age, while the expansions took place under the parish priest Giulio Patrone, actually the first parson of Tapigliano in 1820, including the restructuring of the bell tower, the baptistery, the chapel of the Holy Cross, and the sacristy.
This building was recently under construction for restorations, but is now open to visitors.