As our hotel was in the same block as this gorgeous rococo church, we had plenty of opportunities to check it out. Built by the Asam brothers between 1733 and 1746, it is full of golden decorations in typical catholic style. The younger of the brothers paid for the whole enterprise and also lived in the house next door, which has a great rococo facade since that time.
The rather small church is totally overloaded with excellent sculptures, great paintings and marble-works.
This church might be the most beautiful church of the many that were built and decorated by the Asam-brothers, and it even had a private window, through which they could have a look on the altar from their home.
Their special style of church-decorations is also called "ASAM-Baroque" and you may find churches decorated by them in Aldersbach, Weltenburg, Rohr and Osterhofen in Bavaria, Einsiedeln in Switzerland, Brevnov in Prague and another 4 churches in Munich.
In 1729 E.Q.Asam bought 4 houses in Sendlingerstrasse.
The one on my picture was used as the private house of the Asam-brothers and was decorated in their typical Roccoco style.
the 3 other houses were rebuilt as the St.Johann Nepomuk church and the house of the priest.
Both brothers became very rich with their work and finally owned several houses in Munich.
The small pic looks a bit confusing , BUT when you click on my pic , you will see the many great stucco-works on the facade !
Asamhouse and Asamchurch are another important sight of Munich, that you may pass by easily without taking any notice !
These sights are about halfway from Marienplatz to Sendlinger Tor in Sendlinger Strasse Nr.62.
Oficcially the church is named St. Johann Nepomuk church, but everybody calls it ASAM-kirche .
Cosmas Damian Asam (1686-1739) was famous for his frescos, he studies in Rome , was married twice and had 13 children.
His brother Egid Quirin Asam (1692-1750) was famous for his sculptures, studied in Cologne and never married.
Both of them were great architects and painters and also their father Georg Asam was a famous painter himself.
The Asam Church is simply way over the top, but cool. If you like to see extremely flamboyant architecture, then this is the place. It's a small church, but inside, it's packed with Baroque architectural wonders. The rose-colored marble and intricated carvings are definitely worth a peek.
The Asamkirche is a popular attraction in Munich, but if it weren't for the interior, it probably would go unnoticed. Stuck in the middle of a shopping district and almost hidden by its commercial neighbors, the Asamkirche is a Rococo gem- perhaps the best Rococo interior anywhere.
It could even be regarded as Rococo overkill by those who find it a little over the top; in any case, the Asamkirche is a must see.
The interior is rather dimly lit, which, be the way, seemed to me to suit the building. The nave is richly decorated, and no single square centimeter is left without embellishments.
Altarýs beautiful with its sculptured group of Holy Trinity. Worth looking at even from a bedroom window :)))
You should also see the pulpit in Rococo style with sculptures (note the one above the pulpit with 10 commandments) , carvings, gilded decorations and many other things - I loved it!
The foundation stone of this noteworthy Church of St. John Nepomuk (thatýs how the church is officially known) was laid in 1733 by the brothers Egid Quirin (1686-1739) and Cosmas Damian Asam (1692-1750) who were very highly regarded builders in their days. This church, a mere 8.8 metres wide and 28.8 metres long, was erected on their private property next to their richly decorated living-quarters (Asam House). Egid Quirin Asam - who was a sculptor and a stuccoist - aquired these properties adding later a plot of land to build a church on. The church was built and dedicated to the newly canonized St. Nepomuk - he was a monk who drowned in the Danube River. Though I guess he was canonized for some other reason, not for this :))
The initial building application was refused, since neither the town council nor Elector Karl Albrecht saw any need for an additional church in the city. However, later the permission to build was granted.
Cosmas Damian - the brother of Egid Quirin - also got himself a plot of land, whishing to construct a presbytery. The buildings of brothers are joined by the corridor and from one of the bedroom Egid Quirin could see his main altar.
Munich's most unusual church has a suitably extraordinary entrance, framed by raw rock foundations. Inside you'll discover a prime example of true southern German, late-baroque architecture. Frescoes and rosy marble cover the walls, from which statuary and gilding explode -- there's even a gilt skeleton at the sanctuary's portal.
This is a truely magnificent Baroque Church.
apart from the fabulous main alter there are several side alters each in the Baroque style and very distinctive.
I don't know if it was damaged during the Second World War, however I'm inclined to think that it must have survived because I can't imagine the workbeing done to-day, not to mention the cost, if it could be done.
Even if you're not a great one for Churches, this one is a must see.
One of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen, both inside and outside. There are so many decorations in the façade! It's very narrow inside and because of the amount of sculpture and other decorations you think you're going to break something. Going down a stairs in the left side of the room you arrive to a kind of crypt.
This church was built by two brothes to themselves (one was architect and the other painter) After some years they were obliged to open it for the public
Don't leave Munich without visiting the Asamkirche (officially known as St-Johann-Nepomuk). It's one of the most enchanting examples of the Bavarian Rococo style. I never saw a church like this! Unfortunately, the pics I took inside were all too dark, so you will have to go to Munich and look for yourself ;-)
Go & attend a service at ASAMKIRCHE: A highly lavish decorated church built by architect & sculptor Agid Quirin Asam who was forced to open to the public in 1746.
If you like Rococo architecture, this is probably the best in Munich. Check out the Throne of Mercy & the magnificent ceiling fresco.
You have to see St. Esam. It is the most interesting church I have ever seen. Honestly I was not too fond of it but it was interesting to see. It was very small conpared to the other churches but it was filled with twice as much stuff. Everything was bright and shiny but the church itself was dark inside. There were things like skeletons and scenes of people trying to get out of hell...I guess they were going for the scare factor there! Anyhow, its worth a visit if you are in Munich.
The baroque residence of the Asam brothers, who built their own home right next to the church they designed. No guided tours though - just admire the facade!