Jesuitenkirche (Jesuit Church)
Church in Lucerne
Attracted to Lucerne through the patronage of Ludwig Pfyffer von Altishofen, the Jesuits introduced the Counter Reformation to the city during the 17th century. The elaborate Jesuitenkirche, devoted to Francis Xavier, was constructed in 1666. Craftsmen from Italy and Austria collaborated to create what is widely regarded as Switzerland’s most splendid Baroque church.
The interior is adorned with delicate rose and white plasterwork, creating an airy and luminous atmosphere. A substantial pink altarpiece commands attention at the front of the sanctuary; although resembling marble, it is crafted from stucco and plaster. The second side chapel on the right is consecrated to Brother Klaus. In lieu of an altarpiece, a life-sized statue of the revered recluse stands, dressed in an authentic brown habit.
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