Hofkirche

Hofkirche, Lucerne

Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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About
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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DJM1945
Montrose, UK1,747 contributions
A beautiful church
Jan 2020
The church has a staircase and is a real picture opportunity and has 2 superb steeples.The door itself is amazingly carved and the interior there are several sacred pieces of work and statues and is certainly worth visiting.
Written January 8, 2020
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Otacilio M
Rio de Janeiro, RJ42 contributions
The most visited Church in Lucerne - a must go with family!
Oct 2019
A little further from the Old Town, but equally easily accessible (we walked from train station to there with Family), is the Hofkirche or Church of Saint Leodegar, a Roman Catholic church of late Renaissance architecture. In the twelfth century, the abbey was under the jurisdiction of Murbach Abbey, whose patron saint was Saint Leodegar. In 1291 the abbey was sold to the Habsburgs. the Monastery experienced its heyday during the Reformation period, because Lucerne was a prominent city for the Swiss Catholic cantons. The papal nuncio, residing in Lucerne, used the Church as his cathedral during this time. For those who like architecture-The west-facing façade of the church was built between 1633 and 1639 following the fire that destroyed the church on the site. The portal is preceded by a nartex that is accessed through a large arc; on the cornerstone there is a painted bas-relief depicting saints Leodegar de Autun (left) and Maurizio d'Agauno (right). Below the statue of St. Michael the Archangel. Then there is a clock on the eardrum. The façade is flanked by two Gothic belfries with a square base with sides of nine meters and 63 meters high. This is one of the most visited churches in Lucerne, with an impressive building outside and very rich inside, full of sacred works of art and a beautiful organ. Next to the Church entrance there is a pretty garden surrounded by árcades with surprising small cemetery where the noble families of old were buried.
Written December 25, 2019
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zirconium11
Singapore, Singapore295 contributions
Intentional visit that doesn’t disappoint
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
Lebanon444 contributions
Magnificent door
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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Helmut S
Bangkok, Thailand1,552 contributions
Lucerne landmark
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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Crvan
Weston, FL534 contributions
Roman Catholic Church reflects its beauty
May 2019
The Hofkirche St. Leodegar is a Roman Catholic Church completed in 1639 is located just outside of Old Town close to Lake Lucerne and across the bridge from the train station. Its tall spires are easily recognized and spotted throughout the city. While the exterior of the church may not be architecturally interesting as others, the interior is beautiful. The alter is simply gorgeous as are the different paintings throughout the church. We visited it after we had gone to the Lion Memorial; it was probably a ten minute walk at most. A wonderful walk on the shores of Lake Lucerne's promenade are just minutes walk away. And best of all, we visited the interior when a choir was practicing for a wedding that was being held later that day. We stayed and watched and listened for about twenty minutes listening to the wonderful music, voices and acoustics of the church. It made our visit all the more interesting.
Written September 9, 2019
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Emma
Manchester, UK1,004 contributions
Pretty church
Sep 2019 • Friends
One of a few churches in Lucerne, this one is opposite the train station on the other side of the lake and whether viewed from up close or far away it is very pretty
Written September 9, 2019
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FF13
Sykesville, MD1,761 contributions
Landmark Church
Jul 2019
This church stands out as a major landmark in the city of Lucerne. You can see the steeples from many locations around the lake and the city.
We visited while they were setting up for a performance but we still got to see the interior and the grounds.
Be sure to visit the rear of the church building where they have many old gravestones and memorials. Certainly worth a visit.
Written August 20, 2019
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andoffigoagain
Tinton Falls, NJ611 contributions
beautiful old chirch
Aug 2019
near the old town of Lucerne and the lake promenade.. we waited for the city train in front of the Schweizer Hof Hotel and since there was time we decided to walk back to the church...there are some steps to get to the entrance (full of people taking pictures)...inside the church it is very pretty
Written August 18, 2019
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ymt888
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia1,837 contributions
Lucerne's main church
Aug 2019
Hof Church, Lucerne's main church with Gothic twin towers, is a cathedral and Benedictine Monastery. This church has a picturesque façade with the aforementioned white-faced clock and gold hands. Hof Church is the most important Renaissance church in Switzerland and was rebuilt in 1645 after a fire destroyed the previous church. Worth a visit, it has a beautiful Mary's altar.
Written August 15, 2019
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