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View of Grossmunster and Wasserkirche in Zurich

View of Grossmunster and Wasserkirche in Zurich


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Schweiz, ZŸrich, Blick von der MŸnsterbrŸcke zum GrossmŸnster, Limmat, Wasserkirche

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Nice View from the top

It is definitely a nice Church, although it cannot be compared with Notre Dam or Westminster
The visit to one of the towers is a must, as you can have view of the entire city, Zurich lake and the river Limmat

Protestant reformist style with unusual stained glass windows and fantastic view from towers in all directions. Wooden entry doors are unique.

Get a bird's eye view of the best part of Zurich. Visit this historic church but don't skip out on going up to the top. Be forewarned, it is narrow staircase but once at the top, you can see Zurichsee, the bridges, and the highlights of the historic part of Zurich. Church entry is free, going to the top is a small fee.

This is the largest Church in Central Zurich. As most churches in Zurich the reformation has made an inpact and there are not much decor dating back in time. The Windows in the quoir is by Giacometti and have wonderful colours. The crypt is very bare - except the big statue of Charlemagne. Still it's Worth going Down there feeling the austarity. Do Climb up the Tower as the view of the town is amazing.

As a reformation church the interior is "quieter" than found in many of the Catholic churches. The stain glass windows are of a design different to what is more commonly found and makes for a different view. For some this is a highlight of the visit.
It is very interesting from a historic perspective - from the founding through to the transformation during the reformation.
Be sure to go down and look at the statue of Charlemagne in the crypt.
The tower can be climbed and while perhaps not as challenging as some church towers open to the public it does afford a great view of the city. The people at the desk seeing the entrance tickets for the tower are very friendly and happy to talk and answer questions.
Really enjoyed the experience of this visit and the people made it much more friendly and alive than some of the other more ornate churches.


Amazing view

Entry into the church is free but to climb the 180 odd stairs to the top is only 4 CHF. The views are worth every cent! Just make sure you have a camera!
Those who find going up stairs may find it difficult reaching the top as there are so many stairs!

To get together 100 is somehow hard, I find it could be worth a visit for the cathedral visitor nothing more - nothing less!

Any amateur photographers will really enjoy photographing this place, especially at night! It isn't too busy at night so you won't be nudging your way through crowds. The lighting is awesome and you're guaranteed some great shots!

Entrance is free however climbing the 187 narrow steps costs 4 francs. It worth the climb. Very nice view of Zurich. the river, the lake, the streets. dont miss it if you are in Zurich. The church is just facing the town hall, up the road.

They charge a few CHF to climb the church tower which has an amazing city view. About half way up are stone spiral stairs. Then it becomes wooden staircases. At the point the climbing changes there is an AED on the wall.

This is a serious climb. Maybe 12 flights. The views are worth it if you can do it.


Zürich and the Reformation

With Ulrich Zwingli leading the Reformation in Switzerland, 1519 marked a new era in Zürich's history as the efforts of Zwingli and Heinrich Bullinger gave the city European significance. The secular authorities of the city were in total agreement with the ideas behind the Reformation which led to a religious civil war that brought an end to Zürich's status as a suburb. Although the city remained at the head of Protestant Switzerland. In the 16th century, Zürich was a guild city with no tendency towards economic expansion. It was only when refugees such as Protestants from Locarno (1555) and the Huguenots (1685) breathed fresh life into trade and industry (textiles in general and in particular the silk industry).


Great tower view

Beautiful church. You can climb up the tower for a great view of Zurich for chf4, definitely worth it! Just go in the church and there is someone sitting at a table at the back near the entry to the tower.

Beautiful , Beautiful. It's where the Reformation began and still in good shape. You have to stop here during your visit. Appears in almost all pictures of Zurich.

It is good to see when you are first time in Zürich, but it is not the place to go there from time to time.

This church has a beautiful architecture, however the inside is quite simple. You can reach the tower paying 4 CHF (around 3,85 €). The view is worthy, as you can see most of the old town landmarks.

Disappointing building. Large but very unimpressive due to lack of architectural detail. Worth a quick look to say you were there, but I would not go out of my way to visit.

Typical protestant church, completely bare and dull. I do not think it is really worth visiting it, unless you are particularly interested in Huldrych Zwingli and the history of Reformation in Switzerland

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Felix and Regula were siblings, and members of the Theban legion under Saint Maurice, stationed in Agaunum in the Valais. When the legion was to be executed in 286, they fled, reaching Zürich via Glarus before they were caught, tried and executed. After decapitation, they miraculously stood to their feet, picked up their own heads, walked forty paces uphill, and prayed before lying down in death. They were buried on the spot where they lay down, on the hilltop which would become the site of the Grossmünster. [1]

The story was revealed in a dream to a monk called Florentius. It largely contributed to the massive conversion of the inhabitants of these regions to Christianity and had such an impact on Zurich that these three saints still appear on the seal of Zurich today.

In the 9th century, there was a small monastery at the location, outside the settlement of Zürich which was situated on the left side of the Limmat. The Grossmünster was built on their graves from ca. 1100, while at the site of their execution stands the Wasserkirche. From the 13th century, images of the saints were used in official seals of the city and on coins. On the saints' feast day, their relics were carried in procession between the Grossmünster and the Fraumünster, and the two monasteries vied for possession of the relics, which attracted enough pilgrims to make Zürich the most important pilgrimage site in the bishopric of Konstanz. The Knabenschiessen of Zürich originates with the feast day of the saints on 11 September, which came to be the "national holiday" of the early modern Republic of Zürich.

With the dissolution of the monasteries by Huldrych Zwingli in 1524, their possessions were confiscated and the graves of the martyrs were opened. There are conflicting versions of what happened then. Heinrich Bullinger claims that the graves were empty save for a few bone fragments, which were piously buried in the common graveyard outside the church. The Catholics, on the other hand, claimed that the reformers were planning to throw the relics of the saints into the river, and that a courageous man of Uri (who happened to be exiled from Uri, and by his action earned amnesty) stole the relics from the church and carried them to Andermatt, where the two skulls of Felix and Regula can be seen to this day, while the remaining relics were returned to Zürich in 1950, to the newly built Catholic church St. Felix und Regula. The skulls have been Carbon 14 dated, and while one dates to the Middle Ages, the other is in fact composed of fragments of two separate skulls, of which one is medieval, and the other could indeed date to Roman times.


Grossmunster Cathedral in Zurich

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Grossmunster Cathedral in Zurich

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Great tower view

Beautiful church. You can climb up the tower for a great view of Zurich for chf4, definitely worth it! Just go in the church and there is someone sitting at a table at the back near the entry to the tower.

Beautiful , Beautiful. It's where the Reformation began and still in good shape. You have to stop here during your visit. Appears in almost all pictures of Zurich.

It is good to see when you are first time in Zürich, but it is not the place to go there from time to time.

This church has a beautiful architecture, however the inside is quite simple. You can reach the tower paying 4 CHF (around 3,85 €). The view is worthy, as you can see most of the old town landmarks.

Disappointing building. Large but very unimpressive due to lack of architectural detail. Worth a quick look to say you were there, but I would not go out of my way to visit.

Typical protestant church, completely bare and dull. I do not think it is really worth visiting it, unless you are particularly interested in Huldrych Zwingli and the history of Reformation in Switzerland

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