Hofkirche St. Leodegar (Court Church of St. Leodegar) Luzern

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Luzern: Vierwaldstättersee

St. Leodegar was founded in the mid-8th century, part of the monastery which in turn founded Lucerne. A Gothic church preceded the existing German Renaissance building, but was largely destroyed by fire in 1633. Only the towers, St. Mary's altar and a few religious objects remain in the existing 17th-century building.

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St. Leodegar's white stone interior is generously furnished with gilt statuary and altars. Ornate wooden pews comprise the south half of the sanctuary, while simpler wooden seats occupy the north, a reminder of an earlier time when wealthy and poor parishioners worshiped apart. Near the center of the sanctuary on a supporting pillar a plaque honors Ludwig Pfyffer von Altishofen. The rich 17th-century Swiss mercenary was instrumental in bringing a Jesuit contingent to Lucerne, thus introducing the Counter Reformation to Switzerland.

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