Fribourg Cathedral

Fribourg, Switzerland

The Gothic Cathedral of St. Nicholas dominates the center of the medieval town of Fribourg. It is built on a rocky outcrop 50 metres above the river Sarine (Saane).

The main body of the church was started in 1283 and completed by 1430. The tower was completed in 1490. It is 76 metres tall and houses 11 bells. It also features a rose window above the main portal with stained glass by Harrison Weltlich (1988). The stained-glass windows, designed by the Polish painter Jozef Mehoffer and made by local craftsmen Kirsch & Fleckner between 1896 and 1936, constitute one of the most important collection of religious Art Nouveau stained-glass windows.

Climb the 368 steps to the tower and you will be rewarded with an unforgettable view of the town of Fribourg.

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Founded: 1283
Category: Religious sites in Switzerland

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Yuriy Sydorenko (2 years ago)
Wonderful place. I suddenly learned that a particle of the relics of St. Nicholas rests here.
weiq (2 years ago)
Nicely decorated with some vibrant stained glass.
Andre S (2 years ago)
Tower access used to be free but now has fare gate with ticket sales at the cafe next door. Tower is not wheelchair accessible.
Christoph Swiss (2 years ago)
Visiting Fribourg and the cathedral is always worth. Just walking down the roads and up again, contemplative, specially on a quiet winter Sunday.
Shane (3 years ago)
Beautiful cathedral! The stained glass, relics, statues organ and more make this a great stop. They had great pamphlets available in multiple languages and really interesting history.
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