"Zürich's Main Church" Grossmünster Churche Tip by Kathrin_E

Grossmünster Churche, Zürich: 62 reviews and 153 photos

  Grossmünster
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  • Grossmünster - Zürich
      Grossmünster
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  • Grossmünster - Zürich
      Grossmünster
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  • Grossmünster - Zürich
      Grossmünster
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  • Grossmünster, interior - Zürich
      Grossmünster, interior
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Zürich's main parish church is standing on a hill above the river bank. The two steeples with their unique rounded, metal-covered peaks dominate the city panorama. One of them can be climbed (we didn't because the weather was rather dull and not promising of a great view).

Großmünster isn't and has never been a cathedral, despite its size, but before the reformation it was a collegiate church. Here Zwingli's reformation started. Unfortunately the jube with Zwingli's pulpit is not preserved.
For architecture specialists, the interior is an interesting example for the end of the Romanesque and the first reluctant beginnings of the new gothic style.

Don't miss the crypt underneath the choir. If you are lucky and are alone in there (or the rest of the visitors have enough sense for this place to keep quiet, which unfortunately most haven't) you'll feel an atmosphere of eternity. Acoustics are marvelous. If you are able to hold a tune, sing. One very low voice can fill the whole room.

The church is open in the daytime.

Address: Zwingliplatz
Phone: (01) 252 5949

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 17, 2009
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