St Peters Kirche
St. Peter’s Kirche Introduction
St. Peter’s Kirche is one of the four primary churches in Zurich, and the others are Predigerkirche, Fraumunster, and Grossmunster.
It is situated right next to the Lindenhoff hill, which is where a former Roman castle was. It was developed on the site of an old temple to the god Jupiter. There was an early church there, and it dates from the 700s or 800s. An early Romanesque church replaced that structure around the year 1000, and it was then replaced by another church in a late Romanesque style in 1230. Some parts of that church still survive.
Any student of church history, Swiss church history, Swiss religious history, or the history of Swiss architecture will find this structure interesting. If you are a religious person, and you can go to church in your area back home, just walk inside St. Peter’s Kirche and compare it to how your church at home looks. There is something eerie, amazing, and wondrous about looking inside a church from so many centuries ago. Part of the fun of going to Switzerland for any religious person is seeing the old churches there. They reveal a window into the past that you can’t find in America. Because the history of Europe dates so far back, you will be able to see churches that you just can’t see in America. Take the opportunity to see every old church you can.
St. Peters Kirche is the oldest church in the city of Zurich, and it also has the biggest clock face in Europe, as well as some ancient wall paintings.
Be sure to see the huge clock face of St. Peter’s Kirche. It is nearly 30 feet in diameter. The minute hand is nearly 12 feet long.
The interior of the church has a Baroque nave with three aisles, as well as a Romanesque choir. There are faded medieval murals, as well as a glimpse of a famous saint.
Another interesting thing to see in the St. Peter’s Kirche is the Hebrew name of God right above the pulpit, which reflects a Reformation emphasis on the original languages from Biblical times.
There are a lot of things to see at the church, but the most interesting sight is the church itself. It is so old that it will fill you with indelible memories that you can carry back home with you.
St Peters Kirche Photo Gallery
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