The Predigerkirche (Preacher's Cuhurch) in Zuerich is one of two such churches in Europe. The other can be found in Erfurt, Germany. Built in the 13th century for the Dominican Monks, it was lost to the Catholic Church in Zwingli's Reformation in the 1520's when it became Protestant.
Today the Predigerkirche has become much more ecumenical and has on its team a Catholic priest. It is also a venue for Buddhist and Muslim services as well. It is open every day and welcomes the public for quiet prayer and reflection.
It can only be seen on one side as the other side is adjoined to the city library wall.
Predigerkirche (preacher's church) is nowadays one of Zürich downtown's four evangelic churches. It is open all day and offers services at noon on weekdays, pastoral care or just an ear to listen to your problems.
The church was built 1269 as part of the Dominican convent which was closed during reformation in 1524. In the 14th century a Gothic style choir was added to the church but during reformation it was separated by a wall from the main nave and used as granary. When the central library of Zürich was built next to the church 1915 - 17 they reconstructed the choir's interior and from then on it has been home to the music library.
The interior of the remaining church is early Baroque, dating from the 17th century, with nice stucco works, bright as usual in reformed churches.
Predigerkirche, the "Preachers' Church", used to be a monastery - the "Preacher" monks are the Dominican monks. With the introduction of the Reformation in 1524 the monastery was closed. The nave was used as parish church, the choir became a grain store.
The nave was rebuilt in 1606-1614 - the first protestant church built in Zwinglian Zürich and surroundings. The steeple only dates from 1900.
In the late 19th century the former monastery buildings burnt down. The choir was then used by the cantonal library. A new library building was added in 1915, with further enlargements in the 20th century.
Opening hours of the church:
Sunday and Monday 12:00-18:00
Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-18:00
Predigerkirche was first built in 1231 as part of a non-extant Dominican monastery. The existing church, however, is a reconstruction that was completed in 1350, and its interior was remodelled in the early 17th century in a Renaissance/Baroque look. During the 16th century Reformation movement, the monastery was abolished and the church was converted to Protestantism. Thereafter, the monastery served as a hospital, but the aging building burnt down in 1887. In 1917, a new edifice was constructed on the site to house the Zurich library. The church itself was, fortunately, saved from the fire.