St. Peter's Church, Zürich

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    St. Peter

    by Subria Updated Feb 7, 2006

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    The oldest church in Zurich was probably built in the 7th century and it appears in litterature 850. The church is famous for the largest clock face in Europe. Since 1360 the first mayor of Zurich, Rudolf Brun, is buried there.

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    St. Peter's Church

    by Rhondaj Updated Oct 9, 2004

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    Right down the street from the Muenzplatz is St Peter’s church square (St Peterhofstatt). The church was built in the baroque style in 1705. The Roman tower dates from the 13th century.

    The clock face has the honor of being largest church clock face in Europe.(8.7 m in diameter) Maybe that's why I was drawn into taking its picture a thousand times in 2 days...

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    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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    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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    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 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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    St Peters and Fraumünster's churches

    by smschley Updated Jan 25, 2005

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    St Peters on the left,     Fraum��nster's  on Right

    ********** St. Peters *****************

    Dating from the 13th century, St. Peter's, sitting on the left bank south of Lindenhof , is the oldest church in Zurich. The existing building has been considerably expanded over the years. The tower, for example, was extended in 1534, when the clock was added with the largest clock face in Europe: 9m (28 1/2 ft.) in diameter; the minute hand alone is almost 4m (12 ft.) long.; The nave was rebuilt in 1705. Inside, the choir is Romanesque, but the three-aisle nave is baroque.

    ********** Fraumünster ***************

    The Fraumünster's, with its slender, blue spire, is on the left bank overlooking the former pig market, Münsterhof. Münsterhof is one of the historic old squares of Zurich and is well worth a visit. A Benedictine abbey was founded at the site in 853 by Emperor Ludwig (Louis the German), the grandson of Charlemagne. His daughter became the first abbess. The present church dates from the 13th and 14th centuries, but the crypt of the old abbey church is preserved in the undercroft. The church spires that are Zürich's signature was added to the Gothic structure in 1732.

    The chief attractions of Fraumünster are five stained-glass windows -- each with its own color theme -- designed by Marc Chagall in 1970. Chagall’s stunning blue, green, orange and yellow panels portray the lives of Jacob, Christ and the road to Zion. The orange panel off to the left celebrates the prophets, while the blue window to the right depicts biblical law. They are best seen in bright morning light. The Münster is also celebrated for its elaborate organ. The basilica has three aisles; the nave is in the Gothic style.

    From Fraumünster you can cross the Münsterbrücke, an 1838 bridge that leads to Grossmünster. On the bridge is a statue of Burgomaster Waldmann, who was beheaded in 1489 when his political enemies seized power. During his rule, the city gained influence over much of the surrounding lands.

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    St Peterskirche

    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    St. Peters

    by bugalugs Updated Nov 13, 2005

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    St. Peters at night

    St. Peter's is the oldest church in Zurich. It dates from the early 13th century and has the largest clock face in Europe at 28.5 feet in diameter.

    The tower was widened in 1534 when the clock was added. The knave was rebuilt in 1705.

    Opening times: Weekdays 8am-6pm
    Saturday 8am-4pm

    We visited on the Sunday - consequently it was closed!

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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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