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Hofkirche

St.-Leodegar-Strasse 6, Lucerne 6006, Switzerland
+41 41 229 95 00
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Some interesting artistic themes

This church, just a short walk from the city centre and waterfront, is well worth a visit if only... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Steven G
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Holy place

It was nice to spend some "quite" time and relax in the magnificent old cathedral...it was like you... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
KenTzu
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Espoo, Finland
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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 3 days ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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 24 December 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 24 December 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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Reviewed 22 December 2017

It is a old church, just in the middle of old town. When in Luzern you can see it from a distance, very hard to miss. Though we didn't went inside the church but it felt like iconic just in the center of everything.

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Reviewed 21 December 2017

The twin-tower Hofkirche could be seen any where in the city of Lucern. In fact it dominated the cityscape and from there you could have nice views over lake Lucern. Inside the church, the architectural details were equally outstanding and there was organs concert play...More

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Reviewed 17 December 2017

This mighty cathedral is probably the largest in the city, towering above the Old Town's streets. It is surrounded by a peaceful and beautiful cloister garden, and is truly impressive inside.

Thank Chris V
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Reviewed 8 December 2017

Forgot that we saw three old Catholic churches all within walking distance of each other. This one showed signs of activity, with some type of special youth event going on when we toured.

Thank Kurt D
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

The HofKirche dominates the cityscape and it is a must see if you are visiting Lucerne. Incredible architecture and the inside of the church is breathtaking. Soaring ceilings and incredible altars it is a place of great reverence and serenity. You come away feeling a...More

Thank Cary L
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