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Hofkirche

St.-Leodegar-Strasse 6, Lucerne 6006, Switzerland
+41 41 229 95 00
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Impressive view

This old church is in the very middle of the city so it makes a picture of Lucerne impossible... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
marinavolkovaserova
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Moscow, Russia
Ancient church of Lucerne

We entered and right away, picked up a guide (in English and many other languages). It outlined the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
drkiki2015
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Washougal, Washington
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Around 735/736, southern German nobles founded a small monastery at the site of today's Hof area, which was dedicated to St Mauritius. Around 1135, the autonomous monastery was attached to the Provostship of Murbach (Alsace) and St Leger was named patron of the church. In 1291, the Abbey of Murbach was forced to sell the Provost's Church and its belongings to the Habsburgs. In 1332, Lucerne joined the Helvetic Confederation. By 1433, the City of Lucerne had regained its rights from the Habsburgs, including those affecting the mo- nastery. In 1455/56, the Benedictine monastery was converted into a convent of Canon Regulars. Since then, the Canon Regulars have devoted themselves to the Liturgy of the Hours every day in the mornings and evenings. On Easter Sunday 1633, the church was burned to its foundations. The Jesuit Brother Ja- kob Kurrer from Ingolstadt was charged with the reconstruction of the church. Its consecration took place after the installation of the art works in 1644.
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St.-Leodegar-Strasse 6, Lucerne 6006, Switzerland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This old church is in the very middle of the city so it makes a picture of Lucerne impossible without it. And it is easy to read the story, as it is written in several languages.

Thank marinavolkovaserova
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We entered and right away, picked up a guide (in English and many other languages). It outlined the 10 most important features of the sanctuary and just outside--it added so much to our visit. We highly recommend a stroll around the beautiful grounds/cemetery. Each site...More

Thank drkiki2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good place to stop on your way to the "Nationalquai" lakefront park. Best to check out when the sun is low and lighting up the face of the church. Clean, woody interior with a great organ if you're lucky enough to hear someone playing or...More

Thank Bryan R
Reviewed 18 October 2017

We were on a tour and some free time and could see this church from the centre of lucern. It look beautiful from the outside with its impossing twin towers in disease was just stunning. No entrance fee required but please be respectful

Thank Hawesdp
Reviewed 18 October 2017

There are so many chapels and altars to admire. We went back to vespers in the evening, wanted to hear the organ, but it was all sang and recited. What a treasure!

Thank simivalley1699
Management response:Responded 5 weeks ago

The organ is played every weekend oder in special concerts. The vesper and laudes are always sang and recited. Perhaps you come another time and wil hear the organ.... Best regards Claudia Nuber

Reviewed 13 October 2017

Compared to chuches in Rome and Paris this is a little one, but still quite beautiful and worth stopping in, even for a few minutes. Enjoy the quiet and peace.

Thank Richard H
Management response:Responded 5 weeks ago

It's first time anybody compared the Hofkirche with the important churches in Rome or Paris. Thank you! I hope you enjoy the silence of our Hofkirche another time Best regards Claudia Nuber

Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

This beautiful church can be seen from many places in Lucerne. Very close to Lion monument. It is a reverent place that you can sit quietly and pray. Just spectacular.

Thank Tina D
Reviewed 23 September 2017

A rare Catholic church in Switzerland is the court Church of St. Leodegar. After a visit to the Lion monument, we walked towards the lake and passed by this church. You would need to climb up a few stairs in front of the church to...More

Thank GreenThumb331
Management response:Responded 29 September 2017

Thank you for your visit. The two towers are older than the white Stone in the middle with the clock. Theo Towers were built in 1170 in romanic style. Best regards

Reviewed 10 September 2017

Hofkirche St. Leodegar's interior is filled with elaborate gilt statuary and altars. Founded in the mid-8th century, Hofkirche was part of the monastery which founded Lucerne. Destroyed by fire in 1633, few original pieces remain in this 17th century building. Notable are the ornate wooden...More

1  Thank mzzyap8
Reviewed 2 September 2017

Seen almost from everywhere in Lucerne due to the special 2 towers tops, great architecture free entrance .

Thank Ori L
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