Jesuit Church (Jesuitenkirche), Lucerne (must see)
The Jesuit order, founded by Ignatius of Loyola in 1534, were active participants in the Counter-Reformation, the Catholic fight against the birth of Protestantism. Protestant reformers such as Zwingli in Zurich and Calvin in Geneva divided the predominately Catholic Switzerland. In response, the Jesuits were called in to Lucerne by the city council in 1573 to establish a college.
Ludwig Pfyffer, mayor of Lucerne, offered annual financial support to the Jesuits out of his private funds. The Jesuit College of Lucerne was established in 1577 in Ritter Palace, a building originally erected in 1557 as a residence for mayor Lux Ritter.
Construction on the associated church began in 1667. By 1673 the shell of the church and the main façade were completed. The church was consecrated in 1677, though the interior was not yet really finished. Several side altars were still missing and even the high altar was only erected four years later, due to financial problems. The onion topped towers were not completed until 1893. The vault was redecorated in the mid-18th century. The original vestments of Brother Klaus, a famous Swiss patron, are stored in the inner chapel.
Today while the church looks very pleasing from outside along the river promenade, the rich, unchanged interior in pink and white is what really stands out. It is free to enter and once you do, you will see one of most amazing churches in all of Switzerland.
Opening Hours: daily: 6:30am-6:30pm
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Jesuit Church (Jesuitenkirche) on Map
Sight Location: Lucerne, Switzerland (See walking tours in Lucerne)
Sight Type: Religious
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