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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
October 11, 2004
From journal Wordsworth's Lucerne
La Grange, Illinois
October 7, 2004
This well-known church is Luzern's main cathedral. It dates back to a Benedictine monastery on the grounds in the 8th century. Destroyed by fire in 1633, the church was then rebuilt in 1645. In a country more noted for natural beauty than buildings, the Hof church is considered to be the most important Renaissance church in the country.
So make a short stop on your way to the Lion, climb the stairs, walk in, and enjoy! If nothing else, you can relax in a pew, soak up the incredible beauty, and rest your feet a bit. When you enter the church, be sure to notice the carved doors. These depict the patron saints of Luzern, St. Leger, and St. Maurice. The church is also well known for its organ, one of the grandest in Switzerland with 5945 pipes. The organ is one of the largest in Switzerland. It can actually reproduce the sounds of rain, thunder, and hail. Portions of the organ date back to 1678, though it has been restored and added to over the years. If you're interested, check out www.hoforgel-luzern.ch for more information.
Leaving the church, feet rested, and your soul refreshed, you're just 5 minutes from the Dying Lion monument.
From journal Classic, quaint Lucerne