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Hofkirche

St.-Leodegar-Strasse 6, Lucerne 6006, Switzerland
+41 41 229 95 00
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Another Old Catholic Church

Forgot that we saw three old Catholic churches all within walking distance of each other. This one... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Kurt D
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Selkirk, Canada
Magnificent church

The HofKirche dominates the cityscape and it is a must see if you are visiting Lucerne. Incredible... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cary L
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Ennis, Ireland
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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 6 days ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

We are actually looking for The Jesuit Church when a local told us that it was not. She then told us that St Leodegar was in fact the oldest church in Lucerne. It is beautiful inside and out. I noticed that the wooden door of...More

Thank Imyvonnegf
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This beautiful church, built in the 1630s, overlooks the city of Lucerne. It is impressive both outside and inside, where photographs are permitted. Persons interested in art, architecture, and the history of religion in this part of Switzerland would enjoy visiting this church and its...More

Thank CJTravelerTexas
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 7 November 2017

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 21 October 2017

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 19 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 19 October 2017

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 14 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 19 October 2017

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

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