Grossmunster, Zurich

4.3
#2 of 19 in Historic Sites in Zurich
For unbeatable views over the city's Old Town, head to the top of Grossmunster, a Romanesque church allegedly founded by King Charles I, better known to history as Charlemagne. Huldrych Zwingli, one of the leaders of the 16th-century Reformation, used the cathedral for his preachings against the Catholic Church, setting in motion events that eventually severed Switzerland's links to the papacy. Today, the riverside building serves as one of Zurich's principal Protestant churches, its two imposing towers arguably the city's most recognizable landmarks. Be sure to note the stained-glass windows by artist Augusto Giacometti and a 15th-century statue of Charlemagne in the church crypt. Grossmunster is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Zurich Edition.
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  • Grossmunster is one of the most ancient churches in Zurich. Built in Romanesque style, it has unique architecture. One needs to pay extra if one needs to get to the top of the tower of this church for...  more »
  • Historical narratives conjures up remarkable memories from the past. Grossmunsterplatz in its simplicity shows how faith in GOD can be simple and sincere.  more »
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  • Very cool building and architecture. Paid a few francs and went up to the top for a nice view of the city which was worth it. Watch out for the super narrow spiral staircase going up and down.
  • Beautiful old church, but you are not allowed to take any pictures inside the building. Take some time to check out the stained glass windows. And for 10 Euro you can walk in the spiral.
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