Theatine Church Munich Reviews
The Rococo Theatinerkirche Sep 25, 2011
Susan knew about the Theatinerkirche and wanted to make sure we saw it. I did not know of it, but I'm glad she did! It's a beautiful Rococo church, the first Baroque style church built in Munich.
The Theatinerkirche (Theatine Church of St. Cajetan), commisioned by Elector Ferdinand Maria and his consort, Henriette Adelaide, in thanksgiving for the birth of their son, was built from 1663 to 1690. The church was designed by the Italian architect Agostino Barelli in the Italian high-Baroque style, inspired by Sant'Andrea della Valle in Rome. Enrico Zuccalli, added two towers, not originally planned, and finished the 71 meter high dome in 1690. The facade in Rococo style by court architect François de Cuvilliés was added in 1768.
The elaborate Baroque interior decorations are stucco and date from the 17th century. The graceful Corinthian columns supporting the nave are a contrast to plain Gothic columns of Medieval churches. It's very light and airy inside. The Bavarian Royal Crypts are here, but we did not visit them.
Quite a stunning church and easy to overlook! It is also a popular concert venue, especially at Christmas. (Susan has attended Christmas concerts here.)
Part of the Central Europe 2011 travel blog
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