Franziskanerkirche (Franciscan church) is the oldest church in Lucerne / Luzern, dating back to the 13th century. From outside it looks rather simple, but the interior is simply stunning. All of the church is beautifully decorated in different styles :
On my 1st & 2nd pics : at the rear of the church you will see this side-chapel, with ornate stucco-works with plenty of sculptured angels that were added in the baroque
My 3rd picture : the outside of the church is not fancy at all, BUT you have to get inside !!
My 4th picture : the great pulpit decorated with wonderful wood-carvings
My 5th picture : See that great romanic fresco on top of the high-altar
On the south bank of the Reuss river, the Franziskanerkirche (Franciscan Church) is the oldest building in Luzern, dating from 1270, though it has been much restored over the centuries. It’s unusually richly decorated for a Franciscan church, with Renaissance choir stalls and battle standards lining the walls – copies of those looted from battlefields through the centuries. A marvellous Baroque side chapel is decorated with Italianate stucco and a host of kitschy, curly-haired angels.
Unfortunately I was unable to see inside the Franziskanerkirche but I was impressed by its exterior frescoes and even more so by its fountain outside with the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The gold trim shines in the sun. It can be found in a wonderfully peaceful little square near the centre of the city. Maybe you will have more luck seeing inside than I did.
Paqrdon my amateur pics, they were taken out of a bus window, but they are enough to give you the idea.
Typical medieval mendicant architecture. Built in the second half of the 13th century, with an gothic style. Most ornate pulpit in Switzerland from the period between Renaissance and Baroque era. Flag frescoes represent Luzern's conquests in the Middle Ages.
Built in the second half of the 13th century in the Gothic style, the Franciscan church contains the most elaborate pulpit in Switzerland, made in the period between the Renaissance and the Baroque periods.
Also contained in the church are flag frescos representing the conquests of Lucerne in the Middle Ages.
Located just behind the Jesuit Church, the Franciscan is smaller and more intimate feeling than any of the other large churches I visited while in Lucerne.
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