Hofkirche
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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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permia
Ireland38,313 contributions
Sep 2022
From the founding of a Monastery in the 730s through till about the latter half of the 1100s when the beginnings of the current church took form, it is a treasured part of the city’s life.

Gorgeous double towers in light stone with tapering darker spires are wonderful on approach. A fine nave in light colours with arches and columns arrive to the lovely altar area.

A great altarpiece has an elaborate series of columns with a crucifix at its centre. A wonderful carved wooden pulpit arises around midway.

A superb organ with silver with silver pipes is equally impressive.
Written October 20, 2022
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RjessMMM
Vancouver, WA494 contributions
Dec 2021
Peaceful wonderful church near the lake as we wandered Old Town heading to the Lion Monument. It was completely empty though it could have been related to the snowy weather. Pleasant time on our Lucerne journey. Enjoy.
Written December 26, 2021
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Helmut S
Bangkok, Thailand1,784 contributions
Oct 2019
The Roman Catholic church "Hofkirche" was completed in 1639 but the consecration took place after the installation of the art works in 1644. The tall twin spires of the church are an excellent orientation landmark in the skyline of Lucerne. The nave is the most significant late-Renaissance construction in Switzerland with a length of 60m and 20m height. There are several altars with Virgin Mary. The area of the high altar and the wooden choir stalls usually are closed for the public. The church is open all day, definitely a must when visiting Lucerne. No entrance fee but donations for the upkeep are welcome.
Written November 6, 2019
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mzzyap
Philippines2,396 contributions
Sep 2017 • Family
Hofkirche St. Leodegar's interior is filled with elaborate gilt statuary and altars. Founded in the mid-8th century, Hofkirche was part of the monastery which founded Lucerne. Destroyed by fire in 1633, few original pieces remain in this 17th century building. Notable are the ornate wooden pews reserved long ago for the wealthier parishioners. Personal experience: when I was going into the church, the door opened and I said "thank you" to the courteous person who held it for me. When I looked, there was no one there --- that spooked me! We laughed when we realized upon inspection that the church's main entrance has a sensor that automatically opens and closes the wooden door:)
Written September 10, 2017
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2TravelHonies
Toronto, Canada1,032 contributions
Aug 2015 • Solo
After I have done window shopping, I spotted this magnificent twin tower church not far from the shopping area. Within a few minutes walk, I arrived to this Hofkirche.
Immediately I noticed the remnants of previous Gothic structure mixed with later reconstruction. This is the site of a 8th century monastery, which went through centuries of different ownership. It was burned down and reconstructed in the 17th century.
The interior was also seen with mixture of styles due to decorations from different people. The High Altar at the very end of the chancel is one of the few classical Roman Baroque tradition that has been created north of the Alps.
The grand organ was magnificent too.
I was pleased I took this visit!
Written September 16, 2015
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saintba
San Diego, CA7,330 contributions
Jul 2012 • Family
This is a beautiful church to visit near the Lake. Not as glamorous as other churches in Europe but very beautiful nonetheless. You can visit it free and then walk over to the Lion of Lucerne Monument which is only a few blocks away.
Written July 20, 2012
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zirconium11
Singapore, Singapore323 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Walked to this church from the nearby old town. Attracted by the two steeples that are iconic in Lucerne, we quickly entered the church.
To the left of the entrance was a columbarium which makes it a poignant experience...walking past the brothers and sisters that have passed on.
Inside the church is a must-see with beautiful sculptures and decorations of the Renaissance designs from centuries ago.
Written December 16, 2019
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Bechara C
Lebanon559 contributions
Dec 2019
A historic cathedral next to the lake, but i was surprised by it's door: the carving, even the new sensor where it opens automatically
Written December 14, 2019
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SwampyTravels
34 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
This church’s spires are the first thing you see when you leave the train station. It is an easy flat walk there, until you reach the stairs to the church. It is very peaceful and beautiful.
Written June 27, 2019
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Keith W
Murfreesboro, TN706 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
Amazing views you can't mistake the twin towers. We didn't go in which hindsight we both wish we would have. We did however walk around and took many pictures.
Written May 21, 2019
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