Frauenkirche Munich Reviews
The Landmark Frauenkirche Sep 25, 2011
The twin spires of the Fraunkirche, or Cathedral of Our Lady, have long been a symbol of Munich. The Gothic cathedral was built very quickly for that time, between 1468 and 1488, replacing a previous 12th century church. The design was by Jörg von Halspach, who built the church in brick, rather than stone. The two towers were completed 1525. Never topped with spires, they have unique "helmet" domes.
The interior of the Fraunkirche appears very plain. In the 19th century, the church was restored to a Gothic style, Renaissance and Baroque additions removed, and Gothic frescoes restored. The church was bombed during World War II and most of the nave and altar were destroyed. The church seen today is a reconstruction, though the towers are original. Again, the desire was to keep the interior of the church simple and straightforward and it was not decorated exactly as it had been. I found the simplicity and white columns very striking and moving. Much of the stained glass is postwar, though some of the original windows were preserved. Photos at the entrance show the Frauenkirche in different eras.
Visitors will immediately notice the large monument to the right as you enter. The impressive marble and bronze Wittelsbach Cenotaph, installed in 1622, commemorates Emperor Louis the Bavarian. Louis IV (1282-1347) is buried in the Frauenkirche.
Visitors can climb the towers for a view over Munich, but there is an admission fee.
Part of the Central Europe 2011 travel blog
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