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Address: St.-Leodegar-Strasse 6, Lucerne 6006, Switzerland
Phone Number: 41412299500
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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Great interior and exterior

From the bottom of the steps you are greeted by the amazing exterior of this beautiful church, no sooner over that and you are swamped by the equally beautiful interior, take a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

From the bottom of the steps you are greeted by the amazing exterior of this beautiful church, no sooner over that and you are swamped by the equally beautiful interior, take a seat and enjoy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This church is beautiful inside with plenty of Catholic art. A must see for those interested old churches and those of the Catholic Faith.

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

Thank you for your visit. It's true, this church "tells" a very old story, of the catholic church, because the first church in this place was built in 735. Greetings from the Hofkirche Th. Lang More 

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is quite a prominent landmark on the bank of Lake Lucerne opposite the railway station. There are a few steps up to the entrance which also reveal to the left (as you look at it) a charming and unusual graveyard. Inside is very ornate and beautiful. When you come out you can then see a nice view of the... More 

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

Thank you for your visit. From the railway station it takes you 10 minutes to walk to our church. Greetings from the Hofkirche Th. Lang More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 481 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visible from most places in Lucerne and on the water, the church is quite striking. I made a quick visit (under 20 minutes) and felt comfortable I had seen what I wanted, but for those who are more spiritual or have a passion for cathedrals, this could be a bigger stop.

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

Thank you for your visit and for your rating. Our church is really visible from most places in town. Greetings from the Hofkirche Th. Lang More 

Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this church because it was very noticeable from where is is situated.....we saw it when we were on our way to visit the Lion Monument. We thought is was worth a look inside and there was a nice view back into town from the top of the stairs that you climb to enter the church.

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

Thank you for your visit. It's true, we are close to the Lion Monument (or the Lion Monument is close to our church ;-). 5 Minutes to walk. Greetings from Lucerne Th. Lang More 

Fullerton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Breathtaking interior with the usual vaulted ceilings standard in the area. Beautiful stained glass windows. A lot of steps from the street level to the church itself, so be aware.

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

Thank you for your visit! It's true, there are several churches in this area are similar. Our church is very old, built in the years around 1640! Greetings from the Hofkirche Th. Lang More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A former Benedictine convent has been rebuild in 1633 and is now probably the largest and most important church of Luzern. I have been impressed by the grandeur and serenity , inviting to prayer , of its interior ;one has also to note the paintings . It definitely is worth a visit and some time to remember the Lord !

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

Thank you for your visit and for your rating. The church is open every day from 7am to 7pm and there several masses on Sundays and one mass from MON to FRI at 6.30 pm. Greetings from the Hofkirche Th. Lang More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What a beautiful and well kept structure. We attended mass here one Sunday during a jazz festival in August. All in attendance were treated to a beautiful female vocal trio and a string concert after the service. The interior decor is mixed, with some baroque details. The adjacent cemetery and fellowship buildings are ancient and very well kept. What a... More 

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

Thank you for your rating and for your visit in our Mass. There are usually for masses every weekend (Saturdays: 5.15pm; Sundays: 8.30am, 11am, 6pm). Greetings from the Hofkirche Th. Lang More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

This cathedral isn't a competitor of the grandest of European cathedrals, but it is a beautiful, less ornate expression of devotion that reflects the times in which it was built. The spires are visible from most places you'll be visiting in Lucerne, and it definitely is viewed by the locals as one of their crown jewels. A nice morning or... More 

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

Thank you for your visit! It's true, you can visit all of these 3 places in one morning! Greetings from Lucerne Th. Lang More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

This is a lovely old church, worth the few minutes and pretty walk to get there and look inside. Not a "must see" if you are short on time in Lucerne, but take a look if time permits.

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

Thank you for your visit. Our church is open every day from 7 am to 7 pm. Greetings from Lucerne Th. Lang More 

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