Predigerkirche

Predigerkirche, Zurich: Address, Predigerkirche Reviews: 4/5

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mlkandyba
Chicago, IL3 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
We had been in Bordeaux, Burgundy, Zermatt and Lucerne. We had seen many beautiful sights, much beautiful scenery. Our friends were flying back to Chicago a day earlier than we were, so we had the day to kill on Friday. The weather in Zurich was chilly and rainy. We walked around Old Town, stopping in a number of places, even having a few beers along the way.

We were about to find a place to have dinner when we heard these church bells. They were so loud and insistent. We could not help ourselves. We entered the church, were handed a program and sat down in one of the pews to listen. On the side of the church, a group of young people, perhaps 20 in number, sat, all dressed in black. The program was written in Swiss German, so of course we couldn't read it. But we noticed that the music selections were in English. Some were American spirituals: Wade in the Water and Kumbaya. Others were perhaps considered American gospel: Keep the candle burning and This little light of mine. One was the Irish Blessing. The finale was We Shall Overcome. We were intrigued. So we sat through the Bible readings and the lecture/sermon despite the fact that we could not understand, and stayed while the young people sang the most beautiful and compelling harmony we have heard. By the end, I was weeping it was so incredibly moving, and although the words of religion from the Bible and the lector were not comprehended by us, the sense that we were part of the experience was inescapable.

We were both raised Catholic. We are not devout in the practice of our religion. We have rarely been in any church but a Catholic one. But on this day, we were stunned by the depth of the feeling we both experienced as those young voices sang songs we knew in words we knew in praise of their faith.

Imagine my amazement when I investigated the Church further upon returning to Chicago. It is a Protestant Church, which we assumed, but its theme is hospitality and interdenominational faith. All religions are welcome. On the website, the Church says that it actually employs a Catholic priest. Had it been the first day of our vacation, rather than the last, we would have returned. It was the highlight of the trip.

The Church is frequently open. I urge you to attend a ceremony of any kind. But if it is a Friday night at 6:30 p.m., you simply cannot miss the Vesper service.

We skipped the rest of Old Town after that service and returned to our airport hotel. We knew when we walked out of that Church that we would never find anything as wonderful, so we might as well start packing our bags.
Written June 1, 2014
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL19,313 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
We stumbled upon this quaint and pretty little church on our way to lunch and walked in. Lucky for us there was a live performance there from a young acapela group that did a phenomenal job. The church itself is nice and very subtle.
Written December 14, 2018
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FormerCaliBoy
Zurich, Switzerland19,608 contributions
Mar 2014 • Solo
This is quite a simple church located next to the central Zurich Library. White interior with arched ceilings, a basic open alter, a reading room and brochure materials located at the rear of the church. There is also a beautiful set of organ pipes at the upper rear of the church.
Written March 25, 2014
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL14,184 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
Predigerkirche is one of the 4 historic, reformation churches in Zurich. While it was my number 4 of the 4, it is still a must visit for me. This is the former Dominican church that was a part of the reformation movement in Zurich. Today the barrel vaulted church is very plain but it still has some character in its interior. The exterior is well defined by a beautiful steeple that was added much later and unique multi level roof line which developed as a part of alterations created by change and a fire. Again while plain, it has so much history. You have to visit.
Written July 2, 2019
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain8,352 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
Predigerkirche is a beautiful church located in Zurich. In fact, it is one of the some nice churches in the city, so it does not have anything specially. In the average, I recommend you visit it ir you walk in the surroundings, if not a visit is not necessary.
Written October 20, 2018
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Larry W
Rochester, NY21,289 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
This was a very staid and dignified church, but not one to elicit "ooohs and ahhhs" from viewers. It had no stained glass, even on the altar. Still, it was very beautiful and interesting to see.
Written August 27, 2018
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Bob K
Fairfax, VA2,191 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
Predigerkirche (Preacher's Church) - Predigerkirche was built in 1231 AD as a Romanesque church of the then Dominican Predigerkloster, the Basilica was converted in the first half of the 14th century, the choir between 1308 and 1350, and for that time unusual high bell tower was built, regarded as the most high Gothic edifice in Zürich. The length of the visit is about 30 minutes.
Written June 21, 2016
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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,727 contributions
Jan 2016 • Solo
Predigerkirche is located right next to the Central Library, but it's tower is visible for quite some distance. As with most of the other churches in Zürich, the interior is fairly simple. A quick stop is sufficient if you're in the area.
Written February 14, 2016
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AdVantageV12
Nazareth, PA228 contributions
Jan 2016 • Friends
Different from many churches I have visited in Europe - but with the beautiful pipe organ playing - it was a very nice experience .....all white with carved stucco but still interesting and worth while to check out !
Written February 1, 2016
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saarthak26
New Delhi, India69 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
Predigerkirche is a simple church in old town Zurich. The church has a beautiful pipe organ. It also has a 96 meter high clock tower (which is recent compared to the other old chrches)
Written October 3, 2015
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