Solothurn/Soleure, St. Ursus. Photo/Bild: TES.

St. Ursen Cathedral Solothurn

One of the most prestigious buildings of Solothurn is the St. Ursen Cathedral. The first foundations date back to the Middle Ages.

The present-day cathedral was built in 1762-1773 by the architect Gaetano Matteo Pisoni (1713-1782) from Ascona.

He was mainly inspired by the baroque churches in Rome. His cousin Paolo Antonio Pisoni (1738-1804) designed the impressive stairs with the two fountains also after the example of Rome.

The architecture of the interior, however, is subdued with shapes derived from the classics. The exuberant and brightly coloured Baroque decoration is also missing. The decoration is more in line with French classicism.