Rococo, Baroque & Co.

Munich is often kindly referred to as “The Village” due to it’s relatively small size, cozy atmosphere & the lack of high-rise skyline but Munich has among its many interesting facets a surprisingly vibrant monarchistic past brought to us with a legacy of classical architectural highlights  in the form of palaces & churches in Rococo & Baroque style that shouldn’t be missed by any visitor.

Rococo, Baroque & Co.

Munich is often kindly referred to as “The Village” due to it’s relatively small size, cozy atmosphere & the lack of high-rise skyline but Munich has among its many interesting facets a surprisingly vibrant monarchistic past brought to us with a legacy of classical architectural highlights  in the form of palaces & churches in Rococo & Baroque style that shouldn’t be missed by any visitor.

Rococo, Baroque & Co.

Munich is often kindly referred to as “The Village” due to it’s relatively small size, cozy atmosphere & the lack of high-rise skyline but Munich has among its many interesting facets a surprisingly vibrant monarchistic past brought to us with a legacy of classical architectural highlights  in the form of palaces & churches in Rococo & Baroque style that shouldn’t be missed by any visitor.

Photo Hotspots

The Residenz

Theatinerkirche

Asamkirche

Antiquarium

Frauenkirche

Bürgersaalkirche

Michaelskirche

Alte Peter

Colour Gallery

Munich is the capital & largest city of the German State of Bavaria. From 1255 the city was seat of the Bavarian Dukes. Black and gold, the colours of the Holy Roman Empire have been the city’s official colours since the time of Ludwig the Bavarian, when it was an imperial residence. Following a final reunification of the Wittelsbachian Duchy of Bavaria, previously divided and sub-divided for more than 200 years, the town became the country’s sole capital in 1506.

Despite the occupation of the Protestant Swede’s during the Thirty Year War Munich remained true to its Catholic roots. Having evolved from a duchy’s capital into that of an electorate & later a sovereign kingdom, Munich has been a major European centre for the arts, architecture, culture and science since the early 19th century.

With such a rich history Munich has been left a legacy of architectural highlights from Gothic to Renaissance, from Baroque to Rococo. Many of these traditional architectural epochs have left their trace in the Bavarian capital to this day making the city a very interesting, cultural experience for many people from all walks of life. Many come to see the Olympic Park & BMW Museum of course but most come to explore a glorious, historical past of the Bavarian monarchy. I too have been left in awe at what I have been able to capture from all that no expenses spared classical architecture.

LATE BAROQUE MASTERPIECE

Named after sculptor Egid Quirin Asam & his brother & painter Cosmas Damian Asam the Asamkirche was to be built as their own private church. The Baroque façade is built between houses in the Sendlingerstrasse in the centre of Munich.

LOST IN DETAIL

Built in the 17th century the Theatine Church counts as one of the most magnificant examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. The dome has a diameter of 17.7 metres (58 ft).

LATE BAROQUE MASTERPIECE

Named after sculptor Egid Quirin Asam & his brother & painter Cosmas Damian Asam the Asamkirche was to be built as their own private church. The Baroque façade is built between houses in the Sendlingerstrasse in the centre of Munich.

LOST IN DETAIL

Built in the 17th century the Theatine Church counts as one of the most magnificant examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. The dome has a diameter of 17.7 metres (58 ft).

LATE BAROQUE MASTERPIECE

Named after sculptor Egid Quirin Asam & his brother & painter Cosmas Damian Asam the Asamkirche was to be built as their own private church. The Baroque façade is built between houses in the Sendlingerstrasse in the centre of Munich.

LOST IN DETAIL

Built in the 17th century the Theatine Church counts as one of the most magnificant examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. The dome has a diameter of 17.7 metres (58 ft).

LATE BAROQUE MASTERPIECE

Named after sculptor Egid Quirin Asam & his brother & painter Cosmas Damian Asam the Asamkirche was to be built as their own private church. The Baroque façade is built between houses in the Sendlingerstrasse in the centre of Munich.

LOST IN DETAIL

Built in the 17th century the Theatine Church counts as one of the most magnificant examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. The dome has a diameter of 17.7 metres (58 ft).

LATE BAROQUE MASTERPIECE

Named after sculptor Egid Quirin Asam & his brother & painter Cosmas Damian Asam the Asamkirche was to be built as their own private church. The Baroque façade is built between houses in the Sendlingerstrasse in the centre of Munich.

LOST IN DETAIL

Built in the 17th century the Theatine Church counts as one of the most magnificant examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. The dome has a diameter of 17.7 metres (58 ft).

LATE BAROQUE MASTERPIECE

Named after sculptor Egid Quirin Asam & his brother & painter Cosmas Damian Asam the Asamkirche was to be built as their own private church. The Baroque façade is built between houses in the Sendlingerstrasse in the centre of Munich.

LOST IN DETAIL

Built in the 17th century the Theatine Church counts as one of the most magnificant examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. The dome has a diameter of 17.7 metres (58 ft).

LATE BAROQUE MASTERPIECE

Named after sculptor Egid Quirin Asam & his brother & painter Cosmas Damian Asam the Asamkirche was to be built as their own private church. The Baroque façade is built between houses in the Sendlingerstrasse in the centre of Munich.

LOST IN DETAIL

Built in the 17th century the Theatine Church counts as one of the most magnificant examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. The dome has a diameter of 17.7 metres (58 ft).

LATE BAROQUE MASTERPIECE

Named after sculptor Egid Quirin Asam & his brother & painter Cosmas Damian Asam the Asamkirche was to be built as their own private church. The Baroque façade is built between houses in the Sendlingerstrasse in the centre of Munich.

LOST IN DETAIL

Built in the 17th century the Theatine Church counts as one of the most magnificant examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. The dome has a diameter of 17.7 metres (58 ft).

LATE BAROQUE MASTERPIECE

Named after sculptor Egid Quirin Asam & his brother & painter Cosmas Damian Asam the Asamkirche was to be built as their own private church. The Baroque façade is built between houses in the Sendlingerstrasse in the centre of Munich.

LOST IN DETAIL

Built in the 17th century the Theatine Church counts as one of the most magnificant examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. The dome has a diameter of 17.7 metres (58 ft).

STUCCO EVERYWHERE

The interior of the Theatine Church of St. Catejan on Odeonsplatz is well worth a visit alone to admire the artistic brilliance of the Stucco work from Nicolò Petri & Wolfgang Leutner, Leutner being responsible for the figures.

CITY LANDMARK

Chances are that wherever you find yourself to be in Munich (other than in an Underground station) that you will see the two mint green domes of the Frauenkirche clearly as no other building can really obstruct the view.

MUNICH’S TWIN TOWERS

The two towers of the Frauenkirche were completed in 1488. Due to a lack of money the planned tall Gothic style open spires could not be built on top & so remained unfinished until 1525. Due to rainwater penetrating the temporary roofing it was decided to build the Renaissance style domes that we see today.

ONION DOMES

The twin Renaissance style domes of the Church of Our Dear lady, better known as the Frauenkirche can be seen from miles away due to a law preventing the construction of any building higher than 99 m in the inner city.

LET THERE BE LIGHT

The interior of Munich’s Gothic/Renaissance cathedral is lined by a number of these Gothic style chandeliers hung from high above to light the main nave.

CITIZEN’S HALL

The Bürgersaal altar was consecrated in 1778 & has since this time had the status of being a church & not a civic hall. Built from a design from Giovanni Antonio Viscardi between 1709-1710

ANTS EYE VIEW

The interior of St.Peter’s, better known as “Alte Peter” is dominated by the impressive high altar to which Erasmus Grasser contributed the figure of Saint Peter.

ALTER PETER CEILING FRESCO

The ceiling fresco by Johann Baptist Zimmermann in St. Peter’s Church near Marienplatz was created 1753–1756 & was restored in 1999-2000.

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Did You Know?

Bavarian art, as we know it today, had its establishment during the 10th and early 11th centuries, an era identified as the Ottonian period in honor of Emperor Otto I. Builders and stonemasons, virtually all anonymous, built churches whose principles of engineering were based on adaptations of the basilica developed centuries earlier by the ancient Romans.

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