The Lucerne Jesuit Church is the first large baroque church built in Switzerland north of the Alps. 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 Genevadivided 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.

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Founded: 1667
Category: Religious sites in Switzerland

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Joseph Honour (13 months ago)
This is a fine building which dates back to the 15th century and demonstrates the artistic capabilities of the craftsmen of that period. The paintings on the ceiling are quite incredible confirming the skills of the artists who lacked the benefits of modern day materials. The organ, which is set above the floor, is truly magnificent. The whole interior of this building reflects the dedication, love and the religious beliefs of the craftsmen and has withstood the test of time. Even if you have no religious beliefs it is well worth a visit to absorb the beauty of this church.
PowerPumpkinGamer (13 months ago)
I'm an athiest but I can still appreciate the architecture of the building. It looks fantastic both from the inside and out. Only problem was that there were a lot of people right outside when I went so it was a bit hard to get in.
Greg Witt (13 months ago)
Switzerland's first baroque church Dates to 1666. Beautiful bright interior.
George Zsiga (13 months ago)
A beautiful baric style church. Beautiful but simple. Definitely worth a visit
Wahyu Hagono (15 months ago)
One of many beautiful city in Switzerland... Services and security in the town is good...despite the price is higher than other European countries... Recommended country to visit when in Europe.
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