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Heiliggeistkirche also known as the Church of the Holy Ghost is located in the center of Munich and its beautiful Rocco architecture makes it hard to miss. The church suffered damage during World War II after which an extensive restoration project for remodeling the church was undertaken. The interiors of the church are adorned with ornate stucco, a beautiful alter piece, a Gothic Crucifix and wonderful wall paintings all of these give a magnificent look to the church. Munich is a city full of churches and each of them has a unique history, hence Heiliggeistkirche is a must-visit attraction when in Munich.
After Duke Otto converted this building into a hospital, it wasn't again converted into a church until 1327. In the 18th century, the interior was designed by the Asam brothers, who are famous for their works in the Church of St. John Nepomuk, also popularly known as Asam Church. The church suffered severe damage during the war, but its structure was successfully restored. Though most noted and celebrated artworks here are the Hammerthaler Madonna (1450) and the Late Gothic crucifix (1510), the church on the whole, is truly beautiful with its magnificent frescoes, the high alter and the relics.
Set against a clear blue sky, the towers of the Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady) form Munich's most celebrated landmark. The distinctive towers, built in 1525, make the church of considerable architectural interest as they are considered to be the precursors of the Renaissance style. The church itself was designed by Gothic architect Jörg von Halsbach in 1468. Its size is imposing, but its simplicity and symmetry rule out any suggestion of ostentation. The interior is mainly Gothic, but the altars were redesigned in the 18th Century under Baroque influence.
One of the most significant Renaissance churches north of the Alps, St. Michael's was originally built for the Jesuits. The inside is lavishly decorated and home to the second largest free-standing vaults in the world. There is an interesting answer as to why the church does not have a tower: when the first tower was destroyed while being built, Duke William V took it as a bad omen and built a much larger church, but without a tower. In the so-called "royal vault," visitors will come across the resting place of 40 members of the Wittelsbacher royal family.
This quiet and unassuming church which was built by the Cosmas brothers in the 18th century, has an entrance that is framed by foundations of raw rock. Once you enter you may be surprised, for the interior is exquisite. The walls are red stucco and marble which is one reason that this church is regarded as a foremost example of German late-Baroque architecture. It had to be rebuilt after the Second World War.
The church was erected by the Gunetzrhainer brothers (1732-1735). Designed by the Asam brothers, only the Baroque interior survived the Second World War. The church is famed for its coherence of design - between space, furniture and architecture. In former times the St Anna Damenstift was a religious refuge for ladies from the noble classes.
Built by Duke Wilhelm V in 1588, Zentrum St. Michael was intended to be center for the Counter Reformation as a buffer against Luther's appeal for change in the Catholic Church. This church is particularly impressive because it is one of the most beautiful Renaissance constructions north of the Alps. There are also numerous tombs buried inside the church, including the one of Duke Wilhelm V.
There is quite a story to the events that led to the building of the Dreifaltigkeitskirche. During the War of the Spanish Succession, a local girl had a vision that Munich would only be spared if a church were built. For a while the warning went unheeded, but when the city was threatened in 1704, influential citizens decided to follow the girl's divine judgement. The foundation stone was laid in 1711 and the task entrusted to architects Viscardi, Ettenhofer and Zuccalli. The convex late-baroque facade, bearing a mixture of Italian and Bavarian influences, is particularly noteworthy. Works by several noted artists can be found inside, such as the fresco on the ceiling by Cosmas Asam.