Our landmark in Lucerne

Our landmark in Lucerne
This entry is part 8 of 20 in the series European Cavalcade

One of my big rules when travelling is to always identify landmarks that I can use for navigating around town. In Lucerne we picked a big double-steepled church just up the road from our tour’s squishy hotel. Up until writing this post I had no idea what the place was (other than a church).

So here is a photo taken from a roadway below it. To get from our hotel to the lake we always had to walk past it.

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Nothing special, you think. That’s what we thought.

Here is looking down the steps from the front of the church. I was too dumb to take a photo of the front, but if I can find my 2002 video then I can show it to you with that one day.

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On our free afternoon we decided to explore it. Alas there was a wedding, so we could only explore the buildings that made up its complex. Turned out that it was also a cemetery.

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One thing about Germanic cemeteries is how they are different from ours down in Australia. We have large fields laid out with stones. They have these covered walkways. I suspect that their way is more visually pleasing. Nicole and I both tend to share that opinion, especially when we visited Salzburg over a decade ago.

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And just the artwork in the carving possesses a certain bold spirit. The carving above certainly captures the essence of an anthropomorphic Death.

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And naturally I found a flower shot.

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Back in Australia, writing this post, I looked up this church. Turned out that it was called St Leodegar and was built from 1633 to 1639 on the foundations of a Roman basilica. It was also known for its rich art. I was then annoyed that we did not look inside.

By the way, St Leodegar was a martyred 7th century Burgundian Bishop.

Oh well, such is life.

All this said, it did turn out to be an excellent landmark that was easily seen through a lot of Lucerne.

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Thanks for reading

Greg

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6 Comments


  1. I haven’t seen any cemeteries like this here either. Must be their own special thing.

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    1. After writing this I remembered seeing a more traditional style cemetery in Innsbruck – so I am unsure now.

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      1. Maybe they have both styles, but few (if any) other countries have the “walkway” one.

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  2. Have never been to Switzerland, but coincidental that we have both been to Salzburg! I was there one day in the late 70s.

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    1. I will have to do a write up one day of my 1990s visit to Salzburg :) I have video footage too :)

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