St. Peterskirche, Zurich

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One of the four primary churches in the city's old town, St. Peterskirche represents the first Protestant religious building in the city after the Reformation. Built on the site of a temple of Jupiter, the church was consecrated in 1706. Its steeple houses the largest church clock face in Europe, with a diameter of 8.7 m (28.5 ft). The tower, used as a fire watch post until 1911, is owned by the city, but the nave of the church is owned by the Evangelical parish. Be sure to view the church bells, dating back to 1880, and the carved wooden structures inside. Check opening hours on the website prior to your arrival. With our international travel planner, Zurich attractions like St. Peterskirche 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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  • July 31, 2017
    Watch is the landmark Church. View from the other side of the River as well, seen from the square near the well, seen from anywhere in the picture.
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  • July 22, 2017
    Sankt Peter is claiming to sport the largest dial of a church or spire clock in Europe; of course our British friends cannot let this small triumph be in our hands, they claim that Big Bens clock in L...  more »
  • July 18, 2017
    When we arrived we could not get in as services were going on. However we waited and were glad we did. The beautiful openness and wood were wonderful to see. The tolling of the bells was fantastic.  more »
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  • I was extremely fortunate to visit the clock tower! And what a pleasure it is!!! 😀 check out the photos! One of the most beautiful clock tower in the world! 😀
  • The 5 franc entree fee included an audio guide. The church is simple and rather uninteresting. The audio guide subtly seemed to be advertising Lutheran values along with the history of the church. When compared to other churches in Europe, this one is better seen from outside. Skip it and go see the Swiss countryside.
  • As far as churches go, this one is fairly simple. Not as impressive as most. You wouldn't miss much if you passed it up.
  • This is great to photograph from the outside but I would recommend avoiding going inside.
  • A must go back place. St Peter is the oldest churhe in Zurich as early as 13th Century..

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