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The Nine Towers
The celebrated city walls with their nine towers form part of the historic fortifications built around Lucerne from the 13th century, and are mostly very well preserved.
Four of the Musegg Towers are open to the public; the Zytturm in particular is well worth a visit, for it houses the city’s oldest clock, built in 1535 by one Hans Luter. It enjoys the privilege of striking the hour a minute before all the city’s other clocks.
From the three publicly accessible towers you can enjoy a beautiful view over the city of Lucerne, the surrounding mountains and the lake.
The Chapel Bridge
Constructed in first half of the 14th century as a part of the city’s fortifications and named after St. Peter’s Chapel, which is located nearby.
The paintings that were added in the 17th century illustrate scenes of Swiss and local history, including the biographies of the city’s patron saints, St. Leodegar and St. Maurice.
The Lucerne’s Jesuit Church
Lucerne’s Jesuit Church is the first expansive baroque church built north of the Alps in Switzerland. It is a beautiful and historical site, emphasizing the Catholic tradition of veneration of saints and visual culture. When the Jesuits brought the Counter Reformation to Lucerne in the 17th century; the elaborate church, dedicated to Francis Xavier, was constructed between 1666 and 1677. Architects from Italy and Austria built what many believe to be the most beautiful Baroque church in Switzerland.
Today, Jesuit Church is a major tourist attraction and often serves as a concert venue while it has almost no role in local church and religious life. The powerful-looking Baroque church features beautiful Roccocco interiors and a vault redecorated in the 18th century.