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Address: St.-Leodegar-Strasse 6, Lucerne 6006, Switzerland
Phone Number: 41412299500
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Around 735/736, southern German nobles founded a small monastery at the...

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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Beautiful cathedral in Lucerne. Definitely worth taking a look if you are in the area (it is near the lion monument so you can see them both together). Makes for good photos... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful cathedral in Lucerne. Definitely worth taking a look if you are in the area (it is near the lion monument so you can see them both together). Makes for good photos inside and out.

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Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. It's really good to visit both, the Lion monument and our church, they are very close. Greetings from the Hofkirche Th. Lang More 

Hong Kong, China
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The church has two towers, it is good to have a snap shot and visit the Lion which is next to this church.

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Athens, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Averege and typical cathedral. However I have to say that the two towers are so high that you will stay silent for a while, but that s it.

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Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. We find, that not even the two towers are very impressively, also the long story of this place, which goes back to 735! Greetings from Lucerne Th. Lang More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited this morning unintentionally as I had just seen the Lion monument but couldn't help but stop by as I saw the towers up close. I was moved by the beauty of this church. As I sat on an elaborately carved pew I felt as though I went back in time. So glad I was able to take in... More 

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Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. Indeed, our church is quite old. It was rebuilt in 1644 (after a fire in 1633). In the 8th century there was a little convent here (year 735), so the place, where our church stands is a very old place. Greetings Th. Lang More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a very good spot. if you like to take the picture of the chuch , you can tey from where lucern train station stands. With its 2 towers , it is a great church. Must be seen inside too.

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Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and your answer. It's really a great view if you stand near the station. Especially during sunset;-) Have a nice day Th. Lang More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The interior of the church is lovely; we were fortunate to visit shortly after Christmas and enjoyed seeing the exquisite crèche. Well worth a visit.

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Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit. Our crèche is quite new (comparing to our church), it was made two years ago by a group of our parish. Th. Lang More 

Lucerne, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

We went to the Hofkirche as part of our teachers' winter outing The church is quite magnificent not on a giant scale but it is big and lavish in gold and stands looking towards me the lake and the city We were there for a private organ recital and tour of the organs. We started with the grand organ then... More 

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Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit in our church, especially for the organ-visit. This is really a special evening with our organist and it seems, that you enjoyed it. Happy Christmas Thomas Lang More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

While the exterior of Lucerne's Hofkirche isn't all that impressive to me, its interior is filled with light and some wonderful ornately carved and gilded altarpieces. The two highlights, though, were the huge organ and the beautifully carved pulpit. I also enjoyed the cloisters (the covered gallery) outside which now seem to house graves and monuments to various Lucerne citizens.

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Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

The beautiful interior was made by Niklaus Geissler, which made nearly the whole interiour in the years around 1640. Thank you for your visit! Thomas Lang More 

Singapore, Singapore
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

It's not a very big church from the outside but with a really nice interior. I love the pews with elaborate carvings. A cemetery is located within church grounds that's also worth a visit. If you're walking to the lion monument, Hofkirche will be along the way. It can be seen from Chapel bridge so it's easy to find.

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Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and for your comment here. The pews with elaborate carvings made in the years around 1638. Have a nice and safe trip. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

I had touring the area during my last trip in Luzern. Definitely a place to visit if you are going to do sightseeing in Luzern city. A place that very walkable from central station.

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Thomas L, Mitglied Leitungsteam at Hofkirche, responded to this review

Thank you, for your visit. Have a safe trip. Thomas Lang More 

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