Face off with the Fraumünster

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Face off with the Fraumünster

Finally putting a close to this outstanding year in a few days’ time and giving the last church series of Zurich over here. This instant favorite city of Switzerland is the first stop in this epic Europe travel, and can I just say that I can’t imagine any other way to complete Zurich travel other than doing a faceoff with the Fraumünster. Next to the Kirche St. Peter and the Grossmunster, the Fraumünster or the Minster of Our Lady is one of Zurich’s church exemplars.


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How to get to the Fraumünster in Zurich

This church, which is built on the remains of a former abbey for aristocratic women, is found in the Stadthausquai.  The most graceful and prominent clock tower can be seen even from afar, all slender and blue. The best way to get here is by foot, starting from the lovely Münsterhof square or even from the Grossmünster that’s just across the Münsterbrücke. It’s easily distinguishable because its noticeable spire is the acme in this side of town. I recognize the value of how the early morning sunlight makes the whole Fraumünster landscape a picture-perfect one.

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What to do and see in the Fraumünster in Zurich

Reading about Romanesque style versus seeing it in real life is anything but unreal. From the Romaneque choir, a Gothic nave, and a series of frescoes, the basilica is one beautiful work of faith. The stained-glass windows by Giacometti and Marc Chagall, with blues and greens, reds and yellows representing different symbols of heavens and religious zeal, are the most striking I’ve ever seen across Zurich. These Chagall windows represent five important works known across Switzerland: from Prophets, Jacob, Christ, Zion, and Law, each representing an important Christian story, made immortal through the stained glass windows. The quietness of the church and the immaculate patterns of the windows make the whole faceoff with Fraumünster an incredible chance.

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Fraumünster Favorites

Wasn’t that particular with frescos not until I found the one in the Fraumünster by Paul Bodmer. If Michaelangelo is to Italy, then Paul Bodmer is probably to Switzerland. This world renowned Swiss painter indeed captured the whole mark and founding in the cloister of the Fraumünster abbey. The depictions, details, and illustrations found in these old religious paintings are outrageously great – like seeing paintings found in the Louvre. World class awesome.

Address: Fraumünster Münsterhof 2 8001 Zürich
Website: http://www.fraumuenster.ch/

[SWITZERLAND TRAVEL] Read the rest of Explore Switzerland Travel Blog Series:
Anti-Bread Allergy at Kleiner Café
Crossing the Quaibrücke
Face off with the Fraumünster
Go Back in Time with Kirche St Peter
Grossmünster: The Unsurpassed View of Zurich
How to Dump a Beautiful City
In the Middle of Swiss and Stars
Profanity Obsession in Limmatquai
Royal Döner: Why Try Turkish in Swiss
Stop and Stare at Starbucks Zürich
Switzerland Travel Video
The Best Things in Zürich, Switzerland
The Truth about the Gates of Hell
Year End Wrap Up: 12 Highlights of 2013












Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 51 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the limits of after-office hours and vacation leaves.

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