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Wasserkirche church description and photos - Switzerland: Zurich. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The title in English is Wasserkirche.
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Wasserkirche (literally "Water Church") in Zurich, was first mentioned as "Ecclesia Aquatica Turicensi" circa 1250. & nbsp; This church is located on the banks of the Limmat River between the two main churches of medieval Zurich - Grossmunster and Fraumunster.
It is likely built on a site used for religious rituals since ancient times. In Roman times, Saints Regula and Felix, now the patron saints of Zurich, were executed here. They are a brother and sister who were beheaded on a tiny island by the order of the Roman governor for refusing to give up their Christian faith.
The first church was built in the 10th century and was rebuilt many times, most recently in 1486. During the Reformation, The Wasserkirche was named a site of idolatry and was secularized, becoming Zurich's first public library in 1634. Later, the church was used as a grain storage barn for some time. In 1940, archaeological excavations and work on its reconstruction began, after which services were resumed in it.
In 1253, a wooden house - Helmhaus was added to the temple. It hosted court sessions. This house became stone already in the 18th century. And the island, on which the church once stood, was connected to the right bank of the Limmat River in 1839, when the embankment was being built.
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