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“Nice European church”
Review of Hofkirche

Hofkirche
Ranked #14 of 93 things to do in Lucerne
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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.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to many European churches and this one is pretty much similar to them all. It's an easy church to get to as you explore the town so it's worth popping in for a visit.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

This is a beautiful Catholic church with some interesting architectural features. We lit candles and were lucky enough to see a wedding taking place on the 2nd day we went by the church. Simply Beautiful.

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

I went to see the church, but was transfixed by the cemetery. A set of outbuildings surround the church which (I believe) were the old monk quarters). Now they serve as tomb-type buildings. The Christmas decorations were still on the graves, and reading about those buried there was really interesting. I found it to be totally worthwhile and recommend a visit.

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

This church, just a short walk from the city centre and waterfront, is well worth a visit if only to admire the quality of the artwork within. The cloistered walkway surrounding the building may also be of interest: paved with tomb stones, the walls decorated with carved stone panels with some rather grim themes in places. Death is clearly the central topic, but beautifully presented.

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Reviewed 27 January 2018

It was nice to spend some "quite" time and relax in the magnificent old cathedral...it was like you could go back n time...

Thank KenTzu
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