Asam Church - Maria de Victoria Congregation Hall
Every time I visit Ingolstadt; I am never fail to be impressed by what I see when I sit inside the Asam Church - Maria de Victoria Congregation Hall. There is an impressive and phenomenal ceiling fresco by Cosmas Damian Asam.
"It is only possible to appreciate the true magnificence of the baroque "Maria de Victoria" Congregation Hall, also known as the "Asam Church", when it is seen from the inside, as it does not have a forecourt or towers and is somewhat hidden away in the old town."
There are "two exceptionally valuable artistic treasures" which decorate the church which was built between 1732 and 1736. The building was the student oratory for the Marian Student Congregation.
The first treasure is the ceiling fresco as noted above, painted by Cosmas Damian Asam, he was the most famous Bavarian Baroque artist. The fresco is a "masterly achievement in perspective" - it is the largest flat ceiling fresco in the world of some 42 metres by 16 metres. By the way, to appreciate the perspective aspects of the fresco, you need to go and experience the strange experience of being followed around by an archer and the eyes of an elephant, and the fact that the pyramid of Rameses II looks as if it will collapse apart from one spot in the church.
The second treasure which was completed in 1708 is a monstrance and it now stands in the treasure chamber. The filigree work of art, set in gold and silver represents the victory of Christians against the Turks in the sea battel of Lepanto. It has been describved as the most valuable monstrance in the world.
Museum fur Konkrete Kunst
This is worth a visit, and is located on the outskirts of the city centre. There are exhibits both inside and outside the facility - I have visited several times and feature more than once in their visitors book!
"The only museum in germany specialising exclusively in the presentation of concrete (non-representational) art. In an unusual architectural setting, some 1,000 square metres of exhibition area illustrate the development of this artistic style, displaying exhibits by all it's important exponents. With it's large scal sculptures, the open air Museum of Concrete Art has become part of the cityscape.": Ingolstadt on the danube - the city
Open Between 10.00 - 18.00 (Tuesday to Sunday)
This is an excellent museum, which outlines the history of the Bavarian Army. There are many displays showing war paintings, uniforms, medals and weaponary from medieval times up until the 20th Century.
It is also home to an exhibition space, and during previous visits there have been visiting exhibitions ranging from Islamic Art to the 60 Anniversary of the Bavarian Police.
There is an excellent view of the castle grounds from the building.
The Bavarian Army Museum is the oldest museum of military history in Germany.
1200 years Ingolstadt - the celebration !
Ingolstadt in 2006 celebrates its 1200 birthday (pretty old) and has organized a lot of events around that happy occasion. The main thing will definitely be the historic festivity including knights games and a parade on the weekend of 21st to 23rd of July 2006.
So, join us old Ingolstädter there!
(More info on the website - sorry, only in German)
- Beer Tasting
- Historical Travel
The Old Anatomie Museum....
The Old Anatomie Museum.
Beside of the medical history, which is shown in the inside of the old building, there is a botanic garden which has old medical herbs (except during the winter season, of course).
French Embassy Palace
Situated across from the Asam church, this palace occupied by French Embassy Staff for about 100 years still stands as if it is occupied today. I am not sure, but it looks desolate
- Arts and Culture
St. Mathaus Church
It was the first Protestant church to be built in Ingolstadt and the style also was a first. It still is an Evangelical Lutheran church today.
- Arts and Culture
This is a museum of farm implements.
I have to admit that I have not seen around it - we were there for a social evening. Anyway, one for the "to do" list.
- Museum Visits
The Ingolstadt Cathedral
This church is very simple on the inside (it has tall white walls without much decoration) but its size is very impressive, and the building looks neat...