"The Symbol of Munich" Frauenkirche - Cathedral Church of Our Lady Tip by nicolaitan
Frauenkirche - Cathedral Church of Our Lady, Munich: 92 reviews and 167 photos
The Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady, the largest church in southern Germany, dominates the city skyline as munincipal law forbids buildings of any greater height. Still today an active church, it is also one of the oldest buildings in Munich. Construction began in 1468 by Wittelsbach Duke Sigismund and took 20 years. The red brick exterior is simple without the typical Gothic ornamentation. The somewhat incongruous Byzantine domes replaced the original plan for thin spires and were added in 1525 allegedly modelled after the Dome of the Rock. Following severe bomb damage in WWII reconstruction took almost 50 years. And once again this church became an enduring symbol of Munich as well as one of its most popular attractions.
Across from the church on Frauenkircheplatz is an interesting water feature, a pond surrounded by tiered seats and shaded by trees.
The interior is also relatively simple. From the front entrance the pillars are placed so that the windows cannot be seen and the entire church appears mysteriously well illuminated. Many members of the Wittelsbach dynasty are interred here included HRE Louis IV, some in striking tombs including one of black marble. There are numerous wooden carved figures of assorted saints and apostles, as well as several sacred paintings. Of the paintings, the most striking is The Protecting Cloak placed behind the altar. It illustrates the Virgin Mary holding open her robes and protecting mankind with multiple figures inside.
The church is open to visitors seven days a week and does not charge an admission fee. It is one of the most important must-visits in Munich
Address: Frauenplatz 1
Directions: Located just one short block north of the pedestrianized Kaufingerstrasse and 2 or 3 short blocks west of Marienplatz, the Frauenkirche towers over the city center easily visible from any vantage point.
Phone: 49 89 2900 820
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