St. Peterskirche, Zurich

St. Peterskirche, Zurich (must see)

St. Peterskirche was built in the 9th century, which makes it the oldest parish church in Zurich. It also boasts the fame of having the largest clock face in all of Europe, measuring 9 meters (28.5 feet) in diameter. This translates to a minute hand that is 4 meters long (12 feet)!

The church was significantly altered in the 13th century and again in the early 1700s. Up until 1911, a firewatcher manned the steeple. It was his job to look out the windows four times an hour to look for fires. If he spotted a fire, he was to sound an alarm and point to the direction of the fire with a flag. Apparently, this ended up being an effective strategy because unlike many other European cities, Zurich never suffered any devastating fires.

The interior of the church features a Baroque nave, Romanesque choir, and an elaborately carved pulpit. Interior frescoes depict the story of martyrs and the Virgin Mary. Medieval murals can be observed in the choir. Today, the church actually has split ownership. The City of Zurich owns the church steeple, while St. Peter’s parish of the Swiss Reformed Church owns the nave. In addition to the stunning Chagall windows are frescoes by Bodmer. In the north transept is another stained-glass window completed by Giacometti in the 1940s.

Tip:
It is very interesting up close, but it is more beautiful from across the river.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm, Sat: 10am-4pm, Sun: 11:00am-5pm

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St. Peterskirche on Map

Sight Name: St. Peterskirche
Sight Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Religious Sights Walking Tour   City Orientation Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Zurich, Switzerland

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Kids Entertainment Walking Tour

Kids Entertainment Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Architecture Walking Tour

Architecture Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.5 km
Religious Sights Walking Tour

Religious Sights Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Souvenir Shopping

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
City Orientation Walking Tour

City Orientation Walking Tour

Switzerland’s largest city, Zürich, is rich in heritage and historic value, and is a popular travel destination. Its medieval architecture is well-preserved and worth seeing, as well as the city’s historic monuments and modern sculptures. Old Town, with its 13th century buildings, is an especially wonderful historic area to be seen. Be sure to visit some of Zürich's best landmarks in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km

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