Fraumünster Church

Fraumünster Church in Zürich - Princess Abbey

The Fraumünster Church is an acting Catholic church in Zürich that is notable for its centuries-long history. Moreover, the church is attractable by its glass paintings made by the well-known Russian artist Marc Chagall. His audacious compositions contributed a spirit of modernity to the old ensemble of the temple.

History of the Fraumünster Church Origin

During the rule of Ludwig “the German” (805 – 876), young ladies from great families often chose the nuns path in life. It was a real honor to enter a monastery, as not every aristocrat could join the ranks of postulants, so what to say about the girls of lowborn blood.

Fraumünster Church inside

An elder daughter of Ludwig, Hildegard, was filled with admiration for the bravery of nuns since her childhood. She asked her father to build an abbey on the shores of the Limmat to create a nunnery for a larger number of novitiates. In 853, the monastery was built. Ludwig granted it with the vast lands and integrity.

Soon, the younger daughter of the king, Bertha, became an abbess of the Fraumünster. The monastery had significant weight in the city. The abbess had become the head of Zürich, she had a right to manage the economy and appoint a mayor of the city.

However, with the rise of the Reformation, an influence of the monastery had decreased. At that time, Ulrich Zwingli, a fervent Protestant, became a notable figure in Zürich. Rudolf Brun was the first independent mayor of the city, and the democratic changes had become irreversible. In 1524, the church was nullified in the course of the Zwingli reform.

Fraumünster Church in Zürich

Reconstruction of the Fraumünster

This landmark in Switzerland was reconstructed several times. During one reconstruction work (1847), the archeologist Ferdinand Keller found a unique wall painting that was painted over in the times of the Reformation epoch, which denied any adornments in churches.

The artist Franz Hegi was entrusted to make a watercolor copy of the mural. By the 1912 year, the watercolor painting dwindled with time, but it was restored by the efforts of the Protestant community of the Fraumünster church. Starting from 2006, this mural decorates the wall in the church. It reflects a history of the Fraumünster creation.

Fraumünster Church in Zürich

Glass Paintings of Augusto Giacometti and Marc Chagall

In the 20th century, the architects and artists of different nationalities worked on the church appearance, however, the Fraumünster is considered one of the main landmarks of Zürich. The glass paintings were made by the Swiss painter Augusto Giacometti. He designed the stained glass compositions in the Grossmünster as well. A well-known artist of the Russian origin, Marc Chagall, worked together with the painter. Each painting has the height of more than ten meters and the width of one meter.

Fraumünster Church in Zürich

Fraumünster Nowadays

Today, the spiritual-cultural life acts within the walls of the Fraumünster church. Despite the parish is the smallest in Zürich, a large number of people comes to the church on Sundays. The parish association (more than 1100 members) arranges the cultural events, restoration works in the church, organizes pilgrim’s journeys around Switzerland and abroad.

Information for Tourists

Address of the Fraumünster Church: Münsterhof 2, Zürich.

Opening Hours: every day.

  • From November 1 to February 29 – from 10 am to 5 pm;
  • From March 1 to October 31 – from 10 am to 6 pm;
  • On Sundays and Holidays, the church is open until midday after church service.

In the church, it is prohibited: the usage of camera, mobile phones, and any kind of computers; to make a photo- or video recording, to take food and drinks.

Entrance: free.

Excursion for tourists: 5 CHF.

One more church in Zürich that is located on another bank of the Limmat river is Predigerkirche, a church with a long and complicated history.

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Architectural Walk of Zurich with a Local
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2-hour Private Guided Zurich Downtown Tour
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This private tour by foot includes among others the following spots: Paradeplatz (one of the most expensive places in the world; suggested pick up); Fraumünster (more than just a church); Thermengasse (the origin of Zurich); St. Peter’s church; Lindenhof (a beautiful view point); Lenin’s house; Grossmünster (founded by a famous emperor), an ancient Trade Guild House. The tour can be adapted to your wishes and the route can be changed, for example the pick up place, the focus (more historic or more on the business environment).
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Experience the development of Zurich, from the Roman customs station to Lenin's living room. Visit mysterious vaults and hidden underground. Experience at first hand, the beginnings of bathing culture.
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Zurich Old Town Guided Walking Tour
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The most popular tour through Zurich´s historic old town offers fascinating insights into the city´s colorful history.What do Einstein, James Joyce and Wagner have in common? All three were residents of Zurich. But it´s not only great minds who are captivated by this lakeside city with its well-preserved old town – people from all over the world have always flocked to the thriving metropolis.On a two-hour walk through the old town, we go searching for clues to the city´s past in its hidden alleyways and picturesque squares. Together, we uncover the secrets of Bahnhofstrasse, find out what a "procession axis" is, and visit a church with a minute-hand that jumps a record-breaking half meter every minute.This popular tour is filled with numerous astonishing and amusing anecdotes and has plenty to offer both visitors and locals alike.
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