Asamkirche, Munich

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  • Detail of front Rococo class
    Detail of front Rococo class
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    Elaborate detail of the inside
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    Close up view of the church ceiling
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    Asamchurch - the interior

    by globetrott Updated Aug 31, 2004

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    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.

    Asamchurch interior
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    Asamhaus & Asamkirche

    by globetrott Updated Aug 31, 2004

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    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.

    Asamhouse on the left and Asamchurch
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    Asamhaus

    by globetrott Updated Aug 31, 2004

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    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 !

    the facade of Asamhouse
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    Asamkirche (church), very ... baroque :-)

    by Trekki Updated Aug 4, 2013

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    When I came to Munich to visit Richie & Doreen, Asam Church was high on my wish list. I realised that it is located almost in the city centre, not far away from underground station Sendlinger Tor. So it was an easy side trip on our way into the city centre.
    But what a church this is! From the outside it is almost not visible as such with its only 4 m wide space. There is a plaque at the entrance though. And inside, the church left me speechless. Although it is one of these churches which are just too much for my personal liking. But then it is art, nevertheless, especially given the story of its construction. In mid 18th century it was built as a private church, by southern Bavarian master builders Asam (hence the name). They intended to build the church as a place not only for themselves but also where young kids could confess. Even though it is too much for me, it was fascinating to look at the interior which is overloaded with statues, confessionals, galleries, pillars, medallions and frescoes. I liked the cute little figures at the confessionals and the straightforward “handling” of death: in one setup, death is fighting with an angel, in others, skulls seem almost to smile.
    The church, by the way, is dedicated to St. Nepomuk. Legend says that one of the Asam brothers was rescued when in distress at sea (well, river) and had promised to build the church afterwards.

    A year later, when I travelled through southern Bavaria and visited Benediktbeuern, I realised that the same Georg Asam also built the interior of its basilica. And there I learned to appreciate his skills because here he had space to show his work.

    Location of Asam Kirche (Asam Church) on Google Maps.

    © Ingrid D., September 2010, update August 2012 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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    This small church will knock your socks off!

    by flyingscot4 Updated Nov 9, 2007

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    St.-Johann-Nepomuk-Kirche (aka Asamkirche) is the most ornamented church in Munich. Begun in 1733 and completed in 1746, it was constructed by the Asam brothers who are famous for many other Baroque/Rococo works. The exterior of this church belies its' interior which causes gasps upon entering. It was built as a personal chapel for the Asam family and later bequeathed to the city of Munich. It truly does the Bavarian sense of Bavarian decoration proud. I promise that my photographs do not do justice to this wonderful church.

    The unpretensious exterior The High Alter The High Alter The frescoe above the alter Detail
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    Asamkirche - A Rococo treasure

    by Henkster Written Dec 19, 2003

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    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.

    Asamkirche in Sendlinger Strasse

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    Asamkirche

    by acemj Updated Aug 20, 2004

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    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.

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    Asamkirche

    by arlequin_g Updated May 1, 2003

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    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

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    ASAMKIRCHE

    by Helga67 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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 ;-)

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    Asamkirche

    by Sjalen Written Nov 12, 2004

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    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.

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    Asamkirche

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jul 12, 2007

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    A small but truly stunning baroque church near Sendlinger Tor, built by the Asam brothers in the early 18th century. Munich`s most beautiful church. Note at the right-hand-side of the entrance the scary sculpture of a skeleton cutting a life thread!

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    Asamkirche - Small and Interesting

    by Sunshine64 Written Oct 10, 2006

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    We visited several churches in and around Marienplatz, but the one I really wanted to see was the Asamkirche. It was a private church, built by the Asam brothers from 1733 to 1746, and later opened up to the public. The real name of the Church is St. Johann Nepomuk - named after a monk who drown in the Danube. But everyone calls it the Asamkirche.

    Drippy, Roccoco style. Truly a site to see.

    Asamkirche Altar Ceiling inside the entryway of the Asamkirche Doors to the Asamkirche Outside the Asamkirche
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    Is it real? Amazing fairy-tale church

    by Landotravel Written Oct 25, 2010

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    This church of Johann Nepomuk or the church of Asam is a real jewel of Rococo made at XVIIIth century. Made by the Asam brothers as a particular church it was later opened to the public. It is between the Asam's house and the Priest's house, at Sedlinger strasse, a central part in the city.

    From the facade to the irreal inner all this astounding building seems like a fairy-tale one. You have to blink your eyes to realize it is authentic, it's not a dream!. Photos can't show the real thing for the optic effect is superb, never seen in other kind of architecture. Another jewel in this surprising city. In the upper facade the hanging stucco seems to be floating in the air and in the inner you see three different levels up, one over one towards the ceiling in a 3D effect increased by the extension of the peripheral elements: the high altar top raises upwards while the borders of the different levels fold in and upwards like leaves in the air.

    Precious, marvellous, are small adjectives to define this. A true MUST-SEE!

    Church's inner Singular facade Entrance detail Ceiling Inner detail

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    Asamkirche

    by mvtouring Written Sep 30, 2010

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    We nearly missed this little church as it is really almost hidden away. This fantastic rococo building is named after its architects, who built it as a private chapel (1733 - 1746) but the residents of Munich loved it and requested that it be used as a parish church.

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    Asamkirche.

    by chiara76 Written Sep 25, 2007

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    One of the richest with decorations church I have every seen. It is baroque church situated a few minutes far from the Marienplatz. It is called "the pearl of Bavarian Baroque" and was builded by Egid Quirin and Cosmas Damian in years 1733-1746. Although the official name of this church is Church of St Johann Nepomuk all people know it as Asamkirche.

    Asamkirche. Munich. Inside of Asamkirche. Munich. Inside of Asamkirche. Munich.
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