St. Peter's Church, Zürich

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    St. Peterskirche

    by leics Updated Jun 7, 2013

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    This church stands (right next to the Lindenhof Roman site) on a very ancient sacred site. In the 8th-9th centuries (700s-800s) a Christian church building was constructed on the site of a Roman Temple of Jupiter (ancient Christian churches in Europe were almost always built on pre-Christian sacred sites). There is absolutely nothing visible remaining of that first building, of course, although archaeological investigation discovered its foundations under the existing choir.

    That first church was replaced in the 1000s, and a further church was built in 1230. Part sof hit survive, I believe, although I could not spot them. Perhaps they are underneath the rendering, or perhaps in the crypt?

    What is visible dates largely from the mid-1400s., although the church interior has little indication of that fact other than a few fragments of frescoes which date from between 1300 and 1500. The tower has Europe's largest church clock, dating from 1538 and absolutely huge!

    The modern interior is Baroque in feel, with wooden panelling and mock-marble pillars. I was intrigued to see the name of god in Hebrew painted above the altar area. Apparently this was part of the return to the roots of Christianity initiated by Zwingli during the early 1500s.

    I was lucky enough to be present when the organist was practising and was very impressed by the acoustics of the church. You can get an idea of the sound from my video

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    St. Peter church

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 15, 2012

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    St. Peter church (German: St. Peterskirche) it was build in 9th century and it is oldest church in Zurich. The church is famous national monument and is first Protestant religious building in the city after the Reformation. It also contain largest clock face in entire Europe and is 9m (28.5 ft.) in diameter. It has an interesting baroque interior with wall paintings.
    The church was open for visitor from Monday till Friday from 8am till 6pm and Saturday from 9am till 4pm and in Sunday from noon till 5pm.
    Worship was serve Sundays at the beginning in 10am.

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    St. Peters church

    by sihi Updated Jul 15, 2012

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    St. Peters church

    St. Peter's church is oldest church in old Zürich. Romanesque temple was built here in year 1000. New church in late Romanesque style was built on this place in 1230. St. Peter church is known of its big clock on the tower.

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    St Peterskirche

    by Maryimelda Written Mar 21, 2012

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    Huge clockface

    St Peter's Church dates back to the eigth century but it has had many changes since that time. The major changes occurred in the 13th and 18th centuries. As you would expect, the church was lost to the Catholics in the Reformation of 1520.

    During the middle ages a watchman lived in the spire (you can see windows) and his role was to look out over the city several times an hour to check for fires. (I have no idea when he had time to sleep or eat a meal in peace). Consequently Zuerich was free of major fires for many years.

    This is the church with the famous clock face. It measures 8.7 metres across and has a minute hand which is 4 meters in length. this makes it the largest church clock face in all of Europe.

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    Europe's biggest church clockface

    by leffe3 Written Jul 28, 2011

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    Yet another of Zurich's major Altstadt churches that have claim to be the oldest (another 8th/9th century claim), St Peter's was, until the reformation, the only parish church in the city. All the other major churches were part of an Abbey.

    The current church was consecrated in 1706 as the first church built under Protestant rule and, true to the style of the time, is much more ornate than the austere Abbey churches of Fraumunster and Grossemunster.

    But its major claim to fame is that clockface (or more precisely, four of them) which, with a diameter of 8.7 metres, make each face the largest church clockfaces in Europe.

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    by MM212 Updated Jun 30, 2011

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    Dedicated to Saint Peter, St Peterskirche is distinguishable by its tower with the largest clock in Europe. The church traces its roots at least to the 8th century AD, but it was rebuilt several times since then. The current structure was completed in 1706, and the Baroque interior conserves a few Gothic and mediaeval details from earlier structures. Like many churches around, St Peter's was originally a Catholic church but it was converted into a Protestant one after the Reformation. The current structure is considered the first built by Protestants in the city. St Peter's is located on a hill on the left bank of old Zurich, on the site of the non-extant Roman Temple of Jupiter within the castrum.

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    St. Peter's Church

    by HORSCHECK Updated Nov 28, 2010

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    St. Peter's Church is the oldest parish church of Zurich. The history of the Romanesque Church dates back to 857.

    The tower of St. Peters's Church is home to Europe's largest clock face which is 8.7 m in diameter.

    Directions:
    St. Peter's Church is one of the main landmarks on the left bank of the Limmat river. The nearst tram stop is "Rathaus" (line 4, 15).

    Address: St. Peter's Church, St.-Peter-Hofstatt, 8001 Zurich

    Website: http://www.st-peter-zh.ch/

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    St.Peter Church

    by Fam.Rauca Updated May 24, 2009

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    The St.Peter Church is the oldest Evangelic sacral building of Zürich, and one of the most important edifices of the city.

    The actually church was constructed in four stages:
    The first construction of the church began in year 857 in pre Romanic style.
    The building got early Romanic elements in the 10th century.
    In 1230 took place a reconstruction of the church in late Romanic style.
    In 1450, the church was rebuilt in Gothic style.

    Some few of these architectural elements are to be seeing in the diverse parts of the church.
    The edifice was destroyed in the year 1523, during the Reformation.

    The large church nave of the actually building was constructed in Baroque style in the year 1705 and inaugurated in 1706.

    The bell tower is a Romanesque architectural creation.
    Earlier, the tower of the church served as firewatcher, and the biggest clock of Europe, with a diameter of 8,7 m, was hole-in-the-wall of the tower, in the year 1534.
    The base of the tower was constructed in late Romanic style and the upper side in Gothic style.

    By the reconstruction of the church in the time period 1970-1974, the original façade paintings from 1705 were recreated.

    The church is a very important edifice in Zürich, situated next to the Lindenhof Park.

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    Parish Church St. Peter

    by german_eagle Written Mar 14, 2009

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    St. Peter is the oldest Parish church in Zürich. What you see now is, however, a Baroque building, erected in the early 18th century. Tuscan pillars carry the ceiling - with elegant stucco works - and the balcony. The choir is the only remaining part from the late Romanesque era and is decorated with a few frescos. A rood-screen separates the choir from the main nave.

    This church is a perfect example for a Zwingli-inspired preaching room: simple but elegant decoration, pulpit and font (from 1598, redesigned in the Baroque era) in central position.

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    Church Architecture and Interior

    by Kathrin_E Updated Feb 12, 2009

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    The nave of St Peter's was built in 1705-1706 as the first new church building in Zürich after the reformation. The baroque nave is surrounded by galleries on three sides. The former choir, unused since the reformation, still shows medieval elements. Remnants of medieval frescoes have survived under layers of paint and have recently been rediscovered.

    Note the disposition of the interior, which is characteristic for Zürich's Zwinglian-reformed protestantism.

    The reformation abandoned catholic mass rites and substituted them by plain church services, the main part of which was the sermon, in addition to lectures from the bibles and chanting of psalms. The main part of the service was (and still is) celebrated on the pulpit, not at the altar. In the main church of Zürich, the Grossmünster, reformator Huldrych Zwingli had a pulpit attached to the jube. The one in Grossmünster is gone, but in the new church of St Peter's the same position of the pulpit has been adopted. The choir arch has been closed with a wooden gallery with the pulpit in the middle.

    And where is the altar? There is none. The position where one would expect the altar has been occupied by the baptismal font. In St Peter's they have flowers on it, in other churches the lid of the baptismal font carries the bible. Protestant churches in and around Zürich have no altar. For Holy Communion, which is celebrated four times a year, a table is brought in.

    Zwinglian churches have no pictures either. Instead, verses from the Bible have been used as decoration in beautiful scripture, inside above the pulpit and also outside above the portals.

    Opening hours: Mon - Fri 8.00 - 18.00, Sat 10.00 - 16.00, Sun 11.00 - 17.00

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    Europe's Largest Clock Face - St Peter's Steeple

    by Kathrin_E Written Feb 12, 2009

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    The steeple of St Peter's church bears the largest clock face in Europe. It is visible, and legible, from (almost) everywhere in the old town and along the river.

    In former times a watchman used to live on top of the steeple to watch out for fires.

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    Peter, Paul, and Mary!

    by heitzenrater Written Jan 8, 2008

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    St. Peter's is the oldest church in Zürich it stands close by the ruins of a late Roman fortress at the Lindenhof and its origings ga back to pre-900. It is first mentioned in 857, when King Louis the German gave it as a gift to two of his daughters, of whom one became the first abbess of the Fraumünster at the time when the Fraumünster was founded. The first mayor Rudolf Brun, buried in 1360 in the choir of the church, acquired St. Peter's in 1345 with all the associated privileges church tax and obligations. He now has a grave and monumentby the outer tower wall. The first reformed pastor, Leo Jud 1523-1542, was a friend of Zwingli and contributed to the first translation of the bible in Zürich. J.C. Lavater writer, physiognomist, friend of the young Goethe was pastor from 1778-1801. His gravestone can be seen in the church wall, and there is a memorial to him in the church choir. Zurich more attractive area much are very famous in the whold like Churches in Zurich which are very popular in Switzerland.
    Architectural features: late Romanesque-Gothic tower, chori early 13th century, Baroque nave 1705/06, first new Reformed church built in Zürich. Stucco work by Salomon Bürkli from Zürich and Franz Schmutzer from Wessobrunn. Font dates from 1598, europe's largest church clock face 8.7 m diameter, five bells dating from 1880, fire-watchers in the tower until 1911.

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    Mon-Fri 8am-6pm Sat 9am-4pm Worship: Sun 10am

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    St. Peter's Church

    by smirnofforiginal Written Jun 27, 2007

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    The church you can see in my picture is St. Peter's. King Louis the German gave it as a present (857) to two of his daughters - one of whom went on to become the first abess of the Fraumunster.

    At 8.7m in diameter, the clock face on St. Peter's is the largest clock face in Europe.

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    St Peter's Church

    by barbskie Updated Feb 13, 2007

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    This Evangelical church is the oldest parish church in Zürich situated on the left bank south of Lindenhof. The church hails from the 13th century. It features the largest clock face in Europe with its 9 meters (28.5 feet) in diameter. The minute hands alone are almost 4 meters (12 feet) long. The interior is marked by Romanesque and baroque trappings. A gorgeous architecture!

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    St Peters Kirche

    by sswagner Written Jun 21, 2006

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    This church is reported to have the largest clock face on the continent. It is easy to identify just off the banks of the Limmat River in the old town. The Grossmunster and Fraumunster are also nearby to punctuate the skyline. This church occupies the same side of the river as the main Bahnhofstrasse.

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