Jesuitenkirche - Jesuit Church, Lucerne

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    If you like twirls and twiddles....

    by leics Written Jul 5, 2013

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    ......you'll like the Jesuitenkirche, the twin-onion-domed building which towers over the south bank of the river Reuss, a little further on form the Kapellbruecke.

    I'm not over-keen on rococo frills and furbelows, but it's pretty unusual for a Jesuit church to be quite so elaborately decorated so I decided to pop in. The design was based on the Gesu in Rome, another Jesuit church which is magnificently decorated and one which I found absolutely lovely.

    This church was completed by 1673 and is filled with gilt, marble and decorative plasterwork. There are also a couple of 14th-century sculptures: a cheery wooden Madonna and child near the altar and a wooden statue of Brother Klaus in a side chapel. Brother Klaus (St Nicolas of Flue) is a patron saint of Switzerland, a 15th-century recluse, farmer and mystic. His original vestments are kept in the church, although I don't think that the robes the statue wears are the originals...if so, he must have been a small man!

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    JESUIT CHURCH - STOP 14

    by balhannah Written Nov 14, 2011

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    Our tummie's are full, so now it is time to head to the newer side and the Jesuit Church, the first large baroque Catholic Church built in Switzerland north of the alps.

    The Church was constructed in 1666, and dedicated to Francis Xavier. We could see this Church often on our walks, a beautiful Church with two Onion Dome's. The architecture was very appealing from the outside, so what was it going to be like inside.
    No use standing around, so inside we went to see.........
    And...............
    Wow! It was very nice inside!
    What I think is beautiful pink and white Marble is actually stucco and plaster, how clever! and it looks so real! The pink and white theme is carried through-out the Church, intespersed with Frescoe's!

    Don't stay outside, THIS IS A MUST SEE!

    The Jesuit Church is a major tourist attraction and serves as a concert hall while it has become almost irrelevant to local church life from a religious point of view.

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    Baroque at its best...Jesuitenkirche

    by Maryimelda Updated Oct 17, 2011

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    This beautiful church stands on the River Reuss a few meters from Kappelbruecke. It is the work of Austrian and Italian architects and dates back to 1666. It was built for the Jesuit community when they arrived in Lucerne as part of the Counter revolution in the mid 17th century.

    Baroque churches in my opinion, are usually very beautiful, but some are more beautiful than others. This to my mind, is one of the better ones, equal to St Peterskirche in Salzburg and St Maria Hilferkirche in Freiburg Im Bresgau. It is must to see if you are into beautiful churches and happen to be visiting Lucerne.

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    Jesuit Church

    by pure1942 Written May 8, 2008

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    The Jesuit Church on the banks of the River Reuss is located between the two covered bridges and is recognised as the oldest Baroque church in Switzerland. The church, which makes a significant impression on the city skyline was constructed in 1666 by Father Christoph Vogler and is dedicated St. Xaver. The two onion domed spires are unusual in Switzerland and were added later, in 1893.
    Unfortunately for me the church was closed for some reason during my visit and I didn't get to go inside, but from what I have read, the interior is very impressive so anyone passing should not miss the chance to have a look inside.

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    Jesuit Church

    by Peterodl Written Mar 6, 2007

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    On the banks of the river flowing through the town and located between the Chapel Bridge and the Spreuer Bridge, the Jesuit Church is hard to miss.
    The first large sacral Baroque building in Switzerland built in 1666 by Father Christoph Vogler.
    The vault was redecorated in the 18th century.
    The church is a good place to get your bearings and take a breather from sightseeing. There are plenty of bike racks and benches outside next to the river to park your bike and relax with the locals as well.

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    If you can visit here when

    by kevanrijn Updated Jan 15, 2007

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    the choir is practising--you will be in for a marvelous treat. I was incredibly lucky to be able to visit there while the choir was practising for their Christmas program. The Church itself is lovely...but being able to sit there and listen to the sublime music at the same time was utterly wonderful!

    The weather may have been a bit damp and cold but visiting in late November was well worth it because of all the little treats like this.

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    Switzerland's most beautiful baroque church

    by globetrott Updated Jan 12, 2007

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    Jesuitenkirche is considdered to be the most beautiful baroque church of Switzerland and it dates back to the year 1666. The 2 onion-covered towers were added more than 200 myears later and Jesuitenkirche is for sure one of the most significant tourist-sights in Luzern, also for the fact that it is conveniently located close to the old city and tto Kapellbruecke.
    You may enter that church freely and without restrictions during the day and may take a closer look to the rich stucco-works and the altars with fine red marble.

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    Jesuit Church

    by sandysmith Updated Sep 23, 2006

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    Lucerne's Jesuit Church is the first large baroque church built in Switzerland north of the alps - easily recognisable by its twein towers. Today it is often uesd as a concert hall - the acoustics must be wonderful. Don't neglect to pop inside and admire the marble stucco and decorative paintings on the ceiling. (see other pics)

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    Walking tour

    by Madelyn313 Updated Apr 6, 2006

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    After a great concert in the KKL, a night filled with dancing, drinking, and debauchery we had a day off of work...in Lucerne. I wasn't going to miss the walking tour of the city that the 2nd flute player in the orchestra told me about, and what I saw was well worth the fatigue from 2 hours of sleep. The Jesuit Church of Lucerne was number three on this particular tour but it was only steps from my hotel. After finding out the Jesuits were called into Lucerne during the 16th century to counteract the declining moral values and religious lifestyle, I figured this stop was all too appropriate for this morning.

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    Jesuit Church

    by codrutz Updated Jul 19, 2005

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    Jesuit Church in Lucerne

    On the south bank of the Reuss river, facing Unter der Egg is a triangular area known as the Kleinstadt, originally walled. The huge Jesuit Church was built between 1666 and 1673 and is dedicated to St. Franz Xaver. The two onion domed spires were added in 1893. This is one of the finest Baroque churches in Switzerland. The interior is very impressive, decorated with stucco works and the High Altar is decorated in superb red marble.

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  • Perhaps the world's most beautiful church

    by HavocWolf Written Jun 12, 2005

    This one is probably a bit of a no-brainer. But one HAS to see this place if they travel here. The interior of the church is breathtaking. The common color pattern in it is white, pink, and gold. Gorgeous beyond words.

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    JESUITENKIRCHE

    by Hosell Updated Nov 23, 2004

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    The Jesuitenkirche (Jesuit Church) is located between the two bridges,it was built in 1,667 and really this church looks beautiful with its pair of onion domes.In Austria you'll find many churches with this kind of dome,but they are unusual in Switzerland.

    We had the chance to make a stop here and see the interior of the church.

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    INTERIOR VIEW

    by Hosell Updated Nov 23, 2004

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    This is a detailed picture taken inside the Jesuit Church.Its a nice painting in the high altar,and ceiling.

    Really the interior decoration of that church is awesome,and I was glad to had the chance to see it for inside,with the nice explanations of our guide.He's a Art teacher in one University in Madrid,so you can imagine all his detailled explanations during the whole trip!.

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    Jesuit church

    by MATIM Written Sep 5, 2004

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    The church is situated at the left bank of the river Reuss.
    You have a very good vew of this church from the Chapel bridge.
    The church is build between 1666 - 1673

    All though I pass the church a lot of times, I never been in it, that is definitly something for next time, so I can show you some pictures from the inside.

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    Jesuitenkirche (Jesuit Church)

    by amsterdam_vallon Updated Jul 25, 2004
    The Jesuitenkirche

    First large sacral Baroque building in Switzerland. Constructed in 1666 by Father Christoph Vogler for the Jesuits. The vault was redecorated in the mid-18th century. The original vestments of Brother Klaus, a famous Swiss patron, are stored in the inner chapel.

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