Jesuitenkirche, Lucerne

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The first large-scale Baroque church in Switzerland, Jesuitenkirche was constructed in 1666 for the Jesuits. It sits dramatically on the banks of the Reuss River, its symmetrical onion domes clearly recognizable in the city's skyline. Step inside to witness the building's even more impressive interior. Elaborate frescoes, brightly colored domes, a magnificent organ, large chandeliers, and a gilded altar all contribute to the splendor of this historic church. Take time to examine the red marble in the side chapels closely--they are actually the result of clever paintwork. With our online itinerary creator, Lucerne attractions like Jesuitenkirche can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Continuing the city tour with friends and with a guide we visited the baroque Jesuit church quite complex at first glance and beautiful, then tired with pink throughout the Church, my personal opinion; Nice the altar and the pulpit of a precious and rare marble, instead, explained the guidance that it is a truly exceptional product made by Jesuits, Carthusian and deceptive. Beautiful are the stucco and beautiful and the large fresco in the center of the vault depicting a chariot with St Francis Xavier the protector, pulled by animals, elephant, horse, Tiger, with Angels with written to praise the glory and the Saint's protection, under the chariot and depicted the façade of the Church, the Bishops, the clergy and the people ,. The single-nave Church and well lighted by floor-to-ceiling semi arches, on the sides there are the chapels, there is a magnificent organ, all located along the River before reaching the mill bridge.
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  • If travelling, stop in for a visit and light a candle of thanks for a safe journey. Works for me. Lovely spot in which to escape the hustle and bustle of a hot business day.  more »
  • In the second niche on the right, statue in original robe, the original Swiss isolationist! Thanks to Rick Steves for the tip.  more »
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  • Beautiful example of a Baroque church. The first large Baroque church north of the Alps started by the Jesuits in Catholic Switzerland. It was begun in 1673, consecrated in 1677, but not completed until 1893. Inside and out it is pleasingly different from the Gothic/Norman cathedrals seen across Europe.
  • What a surprise! The outside of the church looks very plain and simple. The inside is another story. Definitely worth stopping to take a look. Gorgeous!
  • Looking at this very beautiful simple yet elegant facade from across the river (in the restaurant of the Hotel des Balances) was very pleasant. I really liked the subdued elegance of this church.
  • Fantastic Rococco interior decor. Best church in Luzern!
  • It is located in the middle of Luzern. Sometimes there is a flea market in the small yard.

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