Church of the Holy Spirit, Bern

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The Church of the Holy Ghost is a Swiss Reformed Church in Bern, Switzerland. The Swiss heritage site of national significance building is located at Spitalgasse 44 in the Old City of Bern. It is one of largest Swiss Reformed churches in Switzerland.Early churchesThe first church was a chapel built for the Holy Ghost hospital and abbey. The chapel, hospital and abbey were first mentioned in 1228 and at the time sat about 150m outside the western gate in the first city wall. This building was replaced by the second church between 1482 and 1496. During the 15th century, the Holy Ghost Abbey began to slowly decline. In 1528 the church was secularized by the reformers and the last two monks at the Abbey were driven out of Bern. During the following years it was used as a granary. In 1604 it was again used for religious services, as the hospital church for the Oberer Spital. At that time the church had a maximum capacity of about 750. The second church was demolished in 1726 to make way for a new church building.Construction of the modern churchFollowing an 11 year planning phase, in 1726-29 the third church was built by Niklaus Schiltknecht. This church was built out of a local sandstone in the baroque style. Until 1865 it was located west of the Christoffelturm and the Christoffelturm Church. However, these buildings were demolished to make way for the new train station.
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  • This right to Bern central station in a crowded square. The building is spectacular, that if exposures under the point of view of a neophyte in modern art are fairly rare, 5 t e s t a bed with dropper,... also have 5 Orthodox icons, they have a cafeteria, extranya exhibition. The majestic building.
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  • A very simple Church in the old town of Bern. It has a very different design then some other Churches.  more »
  • The view looked down from the church was stunning though u had to climb up a long long stairs. The ticket price was 5 franc quite reasonable.  more »
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  • The Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche) near train statin is one of largest Swiss Reformed churches in Switzerland.
  • Nice church in the area of the train station. Its easy to accsess but you dont have to go there if you dont want to go to church. Its not really special but its nice to see.
  • Different and free
  • stunning!
  • Nice place

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