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Hofkirche

St.-Leodegar-Strasse 6, Lucerne 6006, Switzerland
+41 41 229 95 00
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Where it All Began

This church/monastery is the beginning of Modern Luzern. Almost 1500 years old the church is very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mike N
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New York City, New York
Beautiful church on the shores of the lake (Lucerne)

This is a beautiful church on the shores of the lake, on the walking trail from the Reuss to the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
ochassot
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Santa Ana, Costa Rica
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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 church/monastery is the beginning of Modern Luzern. Almost 1500 years old the church is very well kept. The church is surrounded by a cemetery that is still in use. An insight into the present Luzern. A Must See!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful church on the shores of the lake, on the walking trail from the Reuss to the Dying Lion.

Thank ochassot
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to many European churches and this one is pretty much similar to them all. It's an easy church to get to as you explore the town so it's worth popping in for a visit.

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Reviewed March 4, 2018

This is a beautiful Catholic church with some interesting architectural features. We lit candles and were lucky enough to see a wedding taking place on the 2nd day we went by the church. Simply Beautiful.

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Reviewed March 4, 2018

I went to see the church, but was transfixed by the cemetery. A set of outbuildings surround the church which (I believe) were the old monk quarters). Now they serve as tomb-type buildings. The Christmas decorations were still on the graves, and reading about those...More

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Reviewed February 19, 2018

This church, just a short walk from the city centre and waterfront, is well worth a visit if only to admire the quality of the artwork within. The cloistered walkway surrounding the building may also be of interest: paved with tomb stones, the walls decorated...More

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Reviewed January 27, 2018

It was nice to spend some "quite" time and relax in the magnificent old cathedral...it was like you could go back n time...

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Reviewed January 18, 2018

Not one of the more majestic, magnificent churches/cathedrals I have visited in Europe, but still a lovely old house of God. I especially enjoyed walking through the cemetery with all of the lovely headstones, floral arrangements and other signs of remembrance. A short walk from...More

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Reviewed December 24, 2017 via mobile

Church was beautiful. Short walk from the hotel, not many people there during the day. The colors, the detail, the peacefulness of the church can't be beat. We sat for some time, enjoying the vibe.

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Reviewed December 24, 2017 via mobile

The church dominates the view of Altstadt from across the river and is beautifully lit up at night. The inside would benefit from some kind of guidebook- there are some lovely things inside the church but visitors have no idea what they signify. Most great...More

Thank Bronwen L
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