Peterskapelle (Peter's Chapel)

Church in Lucerne

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The Kapellplatz surrounds tiny Peterskapelle or St. Peter’s Chapel. The Chapel holds the distinction of being one of Lucerne’s earliest and most pivotal religious edifices, renowned for its awe-inspiring Gothic design and rich historical background. Erected during the early 14th century, the chapel’s dedication to St. Peter, the guardian saint of fishermen, adds to its significance. The exterior walls of Peter’s are adorned with several interesting works of art. An alabaster carving of the Mount of Olives remains from the previous church building. The fresco of Brother Klaus dates from the late 19th century, and the painting of St. Christopher is from the early 20th century.

Adorned with Gothic-style archways, intricate stone engravings, and exquisite stained glass windows, the chapel’s allure beckons tourists, making it a prominent highlight in Lucerne’s attractions. Beyond its architectural and historical importance, Peter’s Chapel occupies a stunning position atop a hill that commands a panoramic vista of Lake Lucerne and the encircling mountains.

This chapel also lends its name to the Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), the charming wooden bridge synonymous with Lucerne.

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Visiting Peterskapelle (Peter's Chapel)


Open 8.30am – 6.30pm.

Address: Peterskapelle, Kapellplatz, Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 20 minutes

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