Located in the heart of Munich's pedestrian area, St. Michael's Church is the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps and features the second-largest vaulted ceiling in the world, after St. Peter's in Rome. The Jesuit church, built between 1583 and 1587, was conceived as a spiritual center for the Counter Reformation. Duke of Bavaria William V pulled down 87 houses in the center of Munich to bring this ambitious project to life. The building's style largely influenced Southern Germany's early Baroque architecture. Between the two entrances, look for one of the church's most famous monuments: the large bronze statue of the Archangel Michael fighting a demon. Inside, you'll be in awe of the barrel-vaulted roof, which spans more than 20 m (65 ft). Plan your St. Michael's Church visit and explore what else you can see and do in Munich using our Munich trip builder site.
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St. Michael's Church reviews
It was hard to tell that the building was a church because of its front. It was quite different from other churches but did look quite different from the other places in the area. It is located... more »
This is a beautiful church that represents a transition between the Renaissance and Baroque architectural styles. It is apparently the largest Renaissance church north of the alps and was consecrated.... more »
One of the interesting churches you can visit in the Old Town of Munich is the 16th-century Michaelskirche (St. Michael's Church) situated along Neuhauser Straße. This is the largest Renaissance... more »
Amazing architecture - must see !! The famous choir notwithstanding, this quiet place in the middle of the bustling Viktuels market is a sanctum for both the religious and the agnostic person. One can marvel at the truly breathtaking frescoes and the magnificent opulence of the architecture. And stay tuned for the mystical music wafting from its gigantic flutes that is a treat for any music aficionado. Highly recommend !!
I was just walking around as a tourist to check the views and the atmosphere and it was lovely! Even in the night you have a little “lake” with glowing rock mushrooms in front of the church with the twin towers who are really beautiful.
Very beautiful inside and at the same time completely not outside. The facade looks like a flat white board with tasteless niches into which the statues taken from somewhere were shoved, which in that original place were considered unnecessary... A mathematical matrix is what it is, not a facade.
The interior is a representation of the triumph of Roman Catholicism in Bavaria during the Counter-Reformation. The heavily indented chancel arch as well as the short side aisles and even the side chapels are designed as a triumphal arch to ancient model. A very deep choir room adjoins the mighty nave. The stucco decoration of the nave represents the life of Jesus Christ. The altarpiece "Annunciation" was created by Peter Candid (1587). The sculpture of the holy angel in the nave from Hubert Gerhard (1595) was originally intended for the tomb of William V, which was not completed. Having suffered severe damage during the Second World War, the church was restored in 1946–48. Finally, between 1980 and 1983, the stucco-work was restored. The spire which lost its steepletop in World War II is situated further north next to the former convent.
The church is beautiful. It is elegant and the white stands tall gloriously in front of a blue sky.
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