The Frauenkirche is the most well known and largest cathedral in Munich. Its two towers can be seen throughout the city, and no building within the inner city can be built higher than these two landmarks.
The site where the Frauenkirche sits today has been the location of a church since the 13th century. The church as it is today however was completed in 1488, however the towers were not added until 1525. Unfortunately, the church was heavily damaged in World War 2, however it was rebuilt immediately after the war using much of the rubble created during the bombings.
The inside of the church is not as ornately decorated as many other famous European cathedrals, however the sheer size the Frauenkirche is spectacular. Near the right side entrance is the impressive black marble tomb of Maximilian I.
From inside, it seems as though the church has no windows. According to legend, the architect Jörg von Halsbach made a deal with the devil no windows would be built into the design in return for the devils help in building the church. Jörg then designed the interior in such a way that the windows were hidden by the church’s columns, although light is still able to come in. When the devil found out that he had been tricked, he tried to enter the church, but was unable to because it had already been consecrated. Out of rage, he is said to have stomped his foot at the entrance to the church, and this footprint is still able to be seen today.
During the summer months it is possible to climb the towers to get a view over Munich.
The Frauenkirche is located in the Munich city center, just off Munich’s main shopping street – Kaufingerstrasse.
We saw this place when we were in Munich in 2005. I didn't think it was as good as the Asamkirche, which is nearby, but because of its central location its worth having a look, as it's free.
On postcards from Munich you always see these two towers so while we were visiting our daughter in Munich I thought we'd check it out. Unfortunately, when you stand right next to it, it's hard to get a good picture, cause all the other buildings are quite close, and it's really huge. We climbed up to the top of the towers and were able to get a good view over Munich. I think it cost a few euros to do that.
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