Hofkirche in Lucerne

The Romanesque Church of Saint Leger towers high in Lucerne

The Romanesque Church of Saint Leger towers high in Lucerne | Photo credit: Wikimedia / Quicksilver56

Hofkirche Overview

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Dedicated to Saint Leger who was a French bishop and accidentally got blinded by a drill, Hofkirche was once the first monastery of Lucerne in the 8th century. However, in the 12th century, a beautiful Romanesque church was constructed here. Today, the church has its twin towers, post an accidental burn in 1633 when most of the structure was demolished. Also, known as Church of Saint Leger, Hofkirche is an important landmark in Lucerne city.

The church is located amidst beautiful Italian cloister. Inside the church, you would find a carved pulpit and 17th century choir stalls which have been brilliantly created under the craftsmanship of Niklaus Geissler. The main entrance to the church adorns two patrons of Lucerne, where the right side has Saint Maurice (a soldier) and the left side has Saint Leger. You would also spot the descriptive, Death of the Virgin altar which dates back to the 15th century and displays Mary on a bed, surrounded by disciples.

  • Opening Closing Time 10 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 5 pm (Friday Closed)

  • Entrance Fee N/A

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Location

Santa Leodegarstrasse 6, 6006 Luzern, Switzerland