The Grossmünster (German pronunciation: [ɡʁoːsˈmʏnstɐ]; "great minster") is a Romanesque-style Protestant church in Zürich, Switzerland. It is one of the four major churches in the city (the others being the Fraumünster, Predigerkirche and St. Peterskirche). Its congregation forms part of the Evangelical Reformed Church of the Canton of Zürich. The core of the present building near the banks of the Limmat was constructed on the site of a Carolingian church, which was, according to legend, originally commissioned by Charlemagne. Construction of the present structure commenced around 1100 and it was inaugurated around 1220.
The Grossmünster was a monastery church, vying for precedence with the Fraumünster across the Limmat throughout the Middle Ages. According to legend, the Grossmünster was founded by Charlemagne, whose horse fell to its knees over the tombs of Felix and Regula, Zürich's patron saints. The legend helps support a claim of seniority over the Fraumünster, which was founded by Louis the German, Charlemagne's grandson. Recent archaeological evidence confirms the presence of a Roman burial ground at the site.
David Chitty | Nov 22, 2017
Such a prominent and important structure on the Zurich skyline and getting a chance to immerse yourself within the building is a great opportunity. Ascending the tower costs 5CHF for adults but the view is certainly worth it if you are able to ascend the narrow staircase and wooden steps. We also spent some time sitting and watching the rehearsal of one of the various concerts they hold there.
Tour Zurich | Nov 18, 2017
It is a unique and special place in Zurich - the main cathedral of Zurich, with a great story of their foundation. It is free to get in and enjoy the windows and also go down to the cellar to see an old statue of Charles the Great. For only 4/2 CHF it is possible to go to the tower and the view is amazing. Highly recommended!!!
Stephen Joyce | Dec 4, 2017
Beautiful architecture with Donnezziti (sp?) stained glass windows behind the altar. Spare interior like most reformed churches which lets the architecture and stonework shine. We happened in when the choir and chamber orchestra were rehearsing. Quite a treat. Five franc per person admission.
Lorna Davison | Jan 13, 2018
Climbed the tower at Grossmunster. Visited it's ancient crypt where a 15th century stone crowned Charlemagne resides, listened to Soprano Laura Ansaldi and company rehearse their upcoming performance. Strolled the cobbled streets and looked in small shops with very large price tags and felt bewildered.
Althea Labre | Oct 21, 2017
Lovely view when you go up the tower. You have access to all four corners of the tower so you can see all of Zurich. Highly recommended on a clear day!
Schoel Mitj | Mar 27, 2018
One of Zurich's most famous Landmarks. Beautiful during the day and illuminated at night.
김용현 | Apr 19, 2018
I think it's a good place to rest and overlook the river. Like a local, grab a beer and have a lunch box with benches or even edges of stone
Rin Dawson | May 6, 2018
Definitely worth the 5CHF and climb to the top for a 365 degree view of the skyline of Zurich.
Con Stroulios | May 26, 2018
One of Zürichs most famous landmarks that commands it's presence from atop of this hill overlooking Zurich. Nice position atop of the river, it's a Grand church inside and out, with these magnificent doors for its entrance. Great architecture sith some amazing details on its walls and widows if you look carefully, as you stroll around the outside.
Yannai | May 16, 2018
An attraction in Zurich you couldn’t miss, the architect of the building was gorgeous and it was very easy to find within walking distance.
Tony Tandeski | Jun 2, 2018
One of the four main churches in the city dating back to the time of Charlemagne and of significant historical importance to the area. It’s free to go inside the church and look around. There are no pictures allowed inside and little information to describe what you’re looking at. But many of the stained glass windows are pretty. One of the main attractions of this church and what helps to set it apart from others is the climb to the top of one of the church’s towers. It comes at a cost of 5 francs. Depending on how busy it is, the wait to climb to the top could take up to 30 minutes. The climb itself is steep and narrow with many stairs. Those who have difficulty getting around or who dislike heights or tight spaces, should not go up. For those who do make it, the views over the city are wonderful. Be sure to bring a camera. I would recommend the tower climb if you have the time and are able. It’s one of the best views of the city from right in the heart of it.
Manoj Lakshman | May 14, 2018
Historical church. Just on the banks of Lake zurich. Guided tours for 5 chf
Ameya Narvekar | Jul 8, 2018
One of the worst experience visiting Zurich. The guy (Blue t-shirt) I think who was some kind of "perceived" authority was completely out of control and couldn't speak a proper tone. There's zero courtesy. He was so insulting. Not sure what is a big deal about this place. Just avoid at all cost. Don't waste your time.
Jeffrey Scott | Jun 16, 2018
This church was just OK. No photos and the photo police were watching. No admission fee was appreciated. Interesting stained glass in a few windows. Not ornate and sort of like a library feeling.
Dimitris Perisynakis | Jul 4, 2018
Nice city view from above. Too many steps and very narrow stair to go up there.
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