It was the first church in Switzerland built in reinforced, raw concrete – in 1927, some 25 years before the term brutalism was coined. Karl Moser’s St Anthony’s Church is an uncompromising feat of superlatives: the church tower rises 62 metres into the sky, the austere architecture recalls industrial buildings. The exposed concrete church also broke new artistic ground with the huge glass paintings by Otto Staiger and Hans Stocker. At the same time ruthlessly stark and awe-inspiring in its monumentality, the sacral Gesamtkunstwerk (or total work of art) attracted a great deal of international attention. St Anthony’s Church ranks among the most important and iconic works of modern architecture in Switzerland. No wonder it remains a popular place of pilgrimage for architects and brutalism fans from all around the world.