Churches in Munich

While I am not a big fan of churches, I quite like the German Baroque churches a lot, so we started to create quite a collection of them so they do deserve their own post 🙂

One of my favourite buildings in Munich is Theatinerkirche (Theatine Church). The yellow of its outside looks amazing on sunny clear days. Its interior is relatively simple, when compared to other Bavarian churches, but very airy and beautiful. The church was built between 1663 to 1690 to celebrate the birth of the Prince Max Emanuel in 1662. The church is built in an Italian late Baroque style inspired by Sant’Andrea della Valle in Rome.

The Asamkirche is more of a chapel, created by the Asam brothers, some of the main representatives of the German Baroque Rococo style. The church was built between 1733 and 1746. I find the place quite over-the-top but it showcases their idea of Religious Theatre. The church is attached to the house where one of the Asam brothers, Egid Quirin Asam, used to live.

Another remarkable church is Ludwigskirche, in Maxvorstadt. Its double towers can be seen from the English Garden. It was built in new-romanesque style by Friedrich von Gärtner from 1829 to 1844. It has a beautiful blue ceiling and the second largest altar fresco in the world. The mosaic roof is also very impressive. It was actually done very recently, between 2007-2009, based on original designs by Gärtner.

St Anna is a church in Lehel. It looks quite imposing from the outside and it also has a lovely square around it, with a community feeling. The church is Roman-Catholic and it was built between 1887-1892 by Gabriel von Seidl.

The monastery was founded in 1725 and its church in 1737 (first rococo church in Old Bavaria, architect Joh. Michael Fisher and furnishings by Asam brothers and Joh. Baptist Straub). The monastery church was destroyed in 1944 and reconstructed in 1979.

St Lukas is a Protestant church, right near Isar in Lehel district. It looks very big an imposing from the outside but it seems smaller when you get inside because of its balcony area. It was designed by Albert Schmidt and built between 1893 and 1896.