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Fraumünster Church, Switzerland

Fraumünster Church, Switzerland
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One of the 3 churches of Zurich

Fraumünster Church Münsterhof 2 8001 Zürich Switzerland

The Fraumünster Church in Zurich which translates to Women’s Minster is by far one of the most intricately crafted stained glass churches ever to visit. Founded in 853 as an abbey for wealthy aristocratic women, the original church was built by Louis the German for his daughter. However, the monastery buildings of the old abbey were destroyed in the 19th century to accommodate the Stadhaus. Home to the Evangelical Reformed Church of the Canton of Zürich, the Fraumünster Church was rebuilt on top of the former abbey in the 13th-century while its famous stained-glass windows were designed in the 1970s by Marc Chagall, a Russian-Jewish master craftsman. One of the stained glass show pieces is the 9 metre high rose window which is located in the northern section and was created in 1945 by the world famous artist Augusto Giacometti. The rest of the stained glass windows depicted various religious scenes such as various extracts from Christ’s life, Elijah’s ascent to heaven and Moses gazing down in sorrow at the suffering of his people. They really are stunning works of art that make Fraumünster Cathedral a must on the places to visit.

Opening hours

9 am - 6 pm Apr - Oct, 10 am - 4 pm Nov - Mar