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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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The interior is even more beautiful than the outstanding exterior

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Jensen Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This monastery church is easy to locate with its twin towers situated on a small hill overlooking Old Town Lucerne. There were a number of structures situated on this hill before the present cathedral that began in 1633. The Jesuits became a major sect here. We found it quite interesting that the original pews for the rich are still here... More 

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

Thank you for your visit. At the beginning the convent was a benedictin convent. A fire destroyed the church in 1633. Greetings from the Hofkirche Th. Lang More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very good is an exageration but it's clearly a good rating and average would not have done it justice. The walk there is pleasant and the church well worth a visit.

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

Thank you for your visit and for your rating. Greetings from Lucerne Th. Lang More 

Pittsburgh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have toured churches all over Europe and find them to be a wonderful reaction of those who built them. This is a beautiful cathedral -- not the most grand or ornate that we have toured but lovely, with beautifully carved pews, ornate gilded alters and sweeping arches. We went early in the day and it was nearly empty, allowing... More 

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

Thank you for your visit and your rating. We also have the impression, that it's a beautiful church ;-)) Greetings from Lucerne Th. Lang More 

Staines, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

You'll need to walk slightly out of the centre to get here, but a visit here can be easily combined with the Dying Lion. Outside it's a great building, with great wide steps sweeping up to the entrance. Inside however, it's a large church, not overly ornate and nothing outstanding to recommend it. Worth a look thouigh.

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

Thank you for your visit and your rating. The inside is, by the way, very old. Most of them you see is from the year around 1640. There are even some pieces which are much older (from 1171). Greetings from Lucerne Th. Lang More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

When you arrive in Lucern the two towers are visible from the station , the Church inside is bautifull to visit , but the small cementry next the the church is possible even more bautifull to see.

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

Thank you for your visit. It's true, our towers are visible from far away. Greetings from Hofkirche Th. Lang More 

Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

We visited the Cathederal and were impressed by its grandeur and beauty. The art work is amazing as well as the woodwork inside. The pipe organ was playing as we visited and that added to the mood. It's a very special place where you can get some peace and respite from your worries and simply rest for a bit.

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

Thank you for your visit. We enjoy to hear, that you got some peace an respite! Greetings from Lucerne Th. Lang More 

Moulton, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

The paintings and carvings are beautiful. The kids area was something I have never seen before in a sanctuary. This church also has a winding staircase and a perch near the center of the building.

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

The Kids like this area very much! And so it's possible that they can be in church during our Services. And if it should once become too loud, the parents can leave through the door which is next to this area. Kids are very welcome in our church. Greetings from Lucerne Th. Lang More 

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