Augustinerkirche

Augustinerkirche, Zurich

Augustinerkirche
3.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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3.5
38 reviews
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Jamie C
Taipei, Taiwan149 contributions
Amazing design
Aug 2018 • Solo
The design of this church is amazing. On the center of the top is the statue of Jesus. In the back of the wall is the shadow of the statue. The shadow looks like Jesus is opening his arm to everyone. I'd say it is a very special design and it surprised me. I suggest tourists should visit here if stop by the downtown of Zurich.
Written July 4, 2019
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL19,272 contributions
Unique Design
Dec 2018 • Couples
This was somewhat away from all the other major attractions. The design is unique with the green peak tower sticking out in the middle of the building.
Written December 14, 2018
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NoPegasus
Silver Spring, MD877 contributions
Allows photography, free entry, powerful shadows reflected by bronze crucifix, simplicity, helps tell reformation story
Aug 2018 • Couples
I've seen how some reviewers dismiss this church as overly simple, as if they had fallen in love with the grandiosity of the bigger churches. Still others love the church for its simplicity. As tourists, two of the pluses of this church are that it allows photography and free entry. My wife and I visited on Bundesfeier, where earlier there had been a special performance for this national holiday. We were struck by the simplicity having visited recently not only the big churches in Zurich but also some of the baroque churches in Austria. We found the simplicity calming. Such reactions are highly personal.

What goes beyond personal is using the history of this church as a means of demonstrating the effects of the reformation. For example, from 1596 to 1641, the church was converted to secular uses including as a mint, a wine press, and to store fruit and wood. Having once served as the church for Augustinian monks, it ceased to have religious purposes. What is even more interesting is what happened in the 19th century when the Roman Catholic Community sought to convert the church back to its original form. For a few decades in the 19th century, parts of the church were again used for secular purposes. And, finally when the church membership disagreed with the First Vatican Council of 1870, the entire church membership was expelled. Therefore, as part of a continuing reformation, they founded the Catholic Church of Switzerland. Today, this is their parish church.

While it is claimed that this is one of three medieval churches in Zurich, I am unclear on how accurate this claim is. It is clear that the original church was built in 1270 using Gothic architecture. The church was subsequently transformed. In 1959, an attempt was made to convert it back to its original form. What is unclear is how much of the original church remained and whether this 1959 revision represented a modification of the remains of the old church or an attempt to simulate what once existed.

The biggest advantage of visiting this church is that it hasn't been turned into a tourist attraction like the city's big churches, which have come up with multiple ways of milking the tourist traffic.
Written August 23, 2018
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rmcc83
Seixal, Portugal2,582 contributions
nothing special
Oct 2016 • Couples
From outside this seems to be a promising little church but when you inside this isn't a place to put our time into.
Also seems we weren't too wrong.
There is better places to visit in the city.
Written November 6, 2016
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BeachStone2C
Helsinki, Finland2,771 contributions
Small and plain
Nov 2016 • Solo
Happened to be in the area and visited this cure church. Entrance is free like in other churches in Zurich. Everything well maintained and the church is in active use by the locals.
Written November 4, 2016
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SandW-Hampshire
Winchester, UK336 contributions
Very plain inside
Jul 2016 • Couples
This church was very plain inside - I had expected more from the Dominicans but perhaps I am confusing them with another order? There are a couple of interesting modern sculptures but, even so, we only stayed for a couple of minutes and it was raining hard outside so we would have loved to spend longer in the dry!
Written August 16, 2016
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ClintPage
New York City, NY10,149 contributions
Lovely Little Church off Main Shopping Street
Apr 2016 • Couples
This is a lovely little church in the heart of Zurich just off the main Paradeplatz street. It's quiet and not busy and free! The site was first used as a church in 1270 and is one of three Medieval churches in central Zurich. I think it was rebuilt in the 1950's according to the old plans. I loved visiting it.
Written July 19, 2016
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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,727 contributions
A pretty church in the old town, close to Paradeplatz
Jan 2016 • Solo
This is another small but attractive church located fairly close to Paradeplatz in the old town area. When I visited early Saturday afternoon it wasn't open, but still looked good from the outside.
Written February 14, 2016
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EllenChr
Oslo, Norway2,237 contributions
Auster and beautiful
Sep 2015 • Friends
The interior is quite austere but also calm. I like the grey walls and the roman Arches. After the reformation the Church has been used for wine pressing, as the master minter's workshop and as a Place of recidence which is the reason why not very much (nearly nothing) of the original decor is left except some fragments of wall paintings in the sacristy
Written September 19, 2015
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jaybeeFL
Palm Harbor, FL2,732 contributions
Plain and Simple
Aug 2015 • Couples
Passed by this small church in an out of the way area off Augustinerhof. It gets little attention as most of us focused on the cute boutique shops and colorful storefronts,flags and signage along the block or so of Augustinerstrasse.
Written August 27, 2015
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