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Pius Church, Meggen

Pius Church, Meggen
From the outside, Pius Church in Meggen, Lake Lucerne,
looks like just another modern steel frame construction.



What makes Pius Church unique is the fact, that instead of glass, concrete or metal, very thin translucent plates of marble were used to build the façade. Daylight shining through the natural marble structures in warm ochre tones creates a mystic ambience.

Pius Church was built by architect Franz Füeg from Solothurn between 1964 and 1966. The building is a simple cube with no windows as the 28 mm [1 1/10''] thin plates from Penthelian Dionysos marble are about as translucent as painted glass windows in other churches.



Pius Church, Meggen, altar and front wall
Pius Church, Meggen, altar and front wall



Pius Church, Meggen, marble plate structure detail
Pius Church, Meggen, marble plate structure detail



How to get there

Pius Church in Meggen can be reached by bus number 24 from Lucerne main station in 13 minutes. Leave the bus at Schlössli stop. Irrespective of the fact that there are two different terminal stations in Meggen served alternately, all buses will stop at Schlössli. You may also step on the bus at stops Schwanenplatz (after visiting Lucerne downtown), Luzernerhof (after visiting Hof Church), Palace or Verkehrshaus (after visiting the Swiss museum of Transport).

The church is open to visitors all day. However, during religious ceremonies (Saturday evening and Sunday morning) you may not walk around in the church. As the church has a unique ambience, it is frequently used for wedding ceremonies, too (mostly on Saturday afternoons).

From Pius Church you may return to Lucerne with bus number 24 or you may take bus number 25/26 departing right in front of Pius Church tower to visit Lucerne's English Graveyard (bus stop Englischer Friedhof) on the hill at the border between Meggen and Lucerne. Change at stop Brüelstrasse to bus 6 or 8 to return to the city.



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