Fraumünster Church (Church of Our Lady)

The Fraumünster Church is one of the four main churches in Zurich Old town, known for its glamorous blue spire, graceful clocktower and colored glass windows.

Fraumünster Church - The church of Our Lady Zurich

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The Fraumünster church meaning Women’s Minster church but more known for “the church of our lady”.

Founded by Louis the German for his daughter, the church used to be an abbey inhabited by the female members of the aristocracy of Europe. After the Reformation, the ownership of the church has transferred to the city of Zurich.

In addition to its romanesque architecture and Gothic nave, the church is mostly famous and differentiated by its magnificent stained glass windows.

The five large windows were designed by Marc Chagall in 1870. Each one tells a Christian story: Prophets, Jacob, Christ, Zion and Law. And each one have a dominant color: The blue and green represent the earth while the yellow and red represent the heavens. There are also some frescoes done by Paul Bodmer.