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Crvan wrote a review Sep 2019
Weston, Florida534 contributions73 helpful votes
The French Church is the oldest church in Bern being built in 1269. It was at first a Catholic Church and walking throughout the interior, one can see this. Even though it became a Protestant Church later on, many of the paintings and the stained glass windows were kept intact. While it is not as beautiful inside as other churches, it does retain much of its beauty even after the change to a Protestant church. Many of the older churches in Switzerland that have undergone the change from a Catholic church to a Protestant church are fairly plain and devoid of much character except for the architecture. Compared to the churches in Italy, Germany and France, the Swiss churches are rather vanilla. The French Church however has retained some of its former splendor and the church has a simplistic beauty on its exterior and interior. It is well worth a visit. It was extremely conveniently located for us as our hotel was right across the street from the church.…
Date of experience: May 2019
John L wrote a review Feb 2019
Grand Bend, Canada1,987 contributions296 helpful votes
The French Church, initially founded as a monastery in 1269, is the oldest church in Berne, and well worth a brief visit.
Date of experience: November 2018
muzique1960 wrote a review Sep 2018
Woodridge, Illinois81 contributions31 helpful votes
Even using the map, this church was difficult to find! The people in Bern (and all over Switzerland) are very helpful and were able to point the way to find the Franzosische Kirche. The church was reconstructed a few times; most recently in the early 1900s. It is a very simply decorated church. I understand that choirs give performances here!…
Date of experience: June 2018
CarolienBAC wrote a review Mar 2018
Leuven, Belgium5,679 contributions411 helpful votes
My favorite church in Bern. I was very impressed by the beautiful old wall paintings. The church is rather austere and somehow I could feel the history of this place vibrating in the stones. This church exudes a special atmosphere which is hard to describe.
Date of experience: February 2018
mya93080 wrote a review Jun 2017
Virginia314 contributions70 helpful votes
This French Church is another simple church of Bern. Small but very attractive, simple but beautiful.
Date of experience: June 2017