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“One of the Better Stops in Lucerne”
Review of Hofkirche

Ranked #13 of 78 things to do in Lucerne
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Kirtland, Ohio
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“One of the Better Stops in Lucerne”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

The interior of the church was much more impressive then I would have expected. It's location is near the old town so it's easy to get to, although there are a serious number of steps if coming from the lake. Highly recommended in a town that may be a little bit lighter then normal on large scale attractions.

Visited July 2013
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“"...almost wholly original Renaissance" interior”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

So, The Rough Guide advises...and to this layperson, it certainly lacks the Baroque accretions of many churches in central Europe. There are regular organ concerts and, judging by the size of the instrument, the interior would truly resonate.

Visited July 2013
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Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

This double steeple church can be seen from the main bridge. We had a little look around. Handy too as it was virtually next to our hotel.

Visited July 2013
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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“The church”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

This is an interesting old building. Unfortunately I was not able to spend much time to see everything as there was a choral service taking place and we left the next day.

Visited June 2013
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“Lovely church”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

Can't miss the two steeples across the skyline that just beckon you to come visit. The church is pretty inside, detailed wood carvings on the doors and pews. Not quite as over the top as some of the churches we visited in Austria (or that I have seen in some other countries) but still lovely and worth having a look especially with its central location. The burial grounds on site are quite something as well, beautifully decorated and tended to.

Visited June 2013
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