Franzsische Kirche (French Church), Bern

Franzsische Kirche (French Church), Bern

If you like old churches, Französische Kirche is not to be missed. Französische Kirche, also known as the French Church, is the oldest church in Bern. It initially was built from 1270-1285 in the Romanesque style. It started as a Dominican monastic church, but since 1623, it has served as a place of worship for French-speaking Protestants.

The church is famous for its rood screen located behind the alter. The rood screen, which was built at the same time as the church, was decorated in 1495 with paintings from the artists of the Bernese Carnation Masters who were a group of anonymous Gothic painters active in Swiss territory between 1479 and 1510. Bernese Carnation Masters created some of the most important religious art in Switzerland and their works are featured in the museums. Here you get to see their work for free.

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Sight Name: Franzsische Kirche (French Church)
Sight Location: Bern, Switzerland (See walking tours in Bern)
Sight Type: Religious
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