Peterskirche, Munich

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    St. Peter's Church

    by nicolaitan Written Oct 14, 2007

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    A small hill south of Marienplatz has been the site of a church since the 8th Century, the oldest parish church in Munich. The current church in the Gothic style was built from 1379-86 with subsequent additions in the 17th Century including the spire. The striking grey and white interior is dominated by Asam's golden high altar (image 4) with the figure of St. Peter. The ceiling frescoes are by the ubiquitous Johann Baptist Zimmermann. Golden statues of apostles line the church as well. This is a particularly striking interior.

    Zimmermann (1680-1758) was the leading fresco painter and stucco artist of mid-18th Century Munich. His works grace not only the St Peter's Church but also the Residenz and both the Palace and Amalienburg at Schloss Nymphenburg.

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    Peterskirche

    by iandsmith Updated Jul 18, 2007

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    Munich's oldest and much restored church, Sankt Peter (1180), known locally as Old Peter, has turned over a new leaf, and it's a gold one at that; but bear in mind that nothing remains from the original built in 1368. The white-and-gray interior has been extravagantly decorated with gilded baroque accents and trompe l'oeil medallions. It contains a series of murals by Johann Baptist Zimmermann, but nothing tops the attraction of the bizarre relic in the second chapel on the left: the gilt-covered and gem-studded skeleton of St. Mundita. From its resting place on a cushion, it stares at you with two false eyes in its skull. Jewels cover the mouth of its rotten teeth, quite a contrast to the fresh roses usually kept in front of the black-and-silver coffin.
    The church also has a famous tall steeple, whose 92 metres and 300 plus steps you can climb for a fee (around 1 and a half euros when I last heard). Coloured circles on the lower platform tell you whether the climb is worthwhile: If the circle is white, you can see as far as the Alps.
    On the exterior of Sankt Peter you will find memorial slabs such as you see here in pics 1&3, of interest to the curious such as myself but often overlooked by the masses. I find there's often powerful artworks and centuries old inscriptions that are fascinating if you take time to ponder.

    Powerful bas relief on the outside Church is on the left Skull and crossbones on memorial A new leaf or two Classic restoration
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    Climb up..

    by sylina Written Apr 17, 2007

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    It was a strange day.. 3 times raining alternating with clear sunshine.. We climbed up the tower to grab the great view of Muenchen city.. it took us quite a while with its 300 steps...

    St. Peter is the oldest church in Munich, the sunray got through the round windows... made ornate interior even more brilliant.

    http://www.muenchen.de/Rathaus/tourist_office/sehenswuerdigkeiten/Kirchen/129351/Alter_Peter.html

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    Peterskirche

    by antistar Updated Dec 8, 2006

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    The elegant spire of Alter Peter (Old Peter) offers one of the best views in all of Munich, but you have to put some effort into it. There's a lot of steep stone steps between you and that view. Once you get there be prepared for a squash as well as an awe-inspiring view, because at the top of that narrow tower is a balcony just wide enough for one person. Shortly after I arrived at the top a tour group of about 20 French tourists arrived all at the same time and caused chaos, with people bunching up and being squashed against the railings. A tip for tour guides: don't take your entire group of 20 up to a popular monument all at the same time when there's barely enough room for single file at the top. This was also in November, so god knows what the crush would be like at the peak of the tourist season.

    It costs a couple of euros to climb to the top, which you pay to the poor soul whose humble job it is to sit in a box all day and take your money. The tower is open until about sunset every day, but it changes with the season.

    Peterskirche and its tiny viewing platform Everyone's favourite photograph from the top. The Olympic Tower and BMW Building North over the Residenz The Olympic Tower
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    A MUST !! Alter Peter / Old Peter

    by claudia1975 Written Oct 29, 2006

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    This is something I discovered only 2 years after I had already been living in this city.
    Go to the Marienplatz. Stand in the middle of it. Look towards the book store "Hugendubel" (you cannot miss it) and then look up to the sky. Somewhere quite close you can see the copper green roof of a chruch tower.

    This church tower is called "alter Peter" and for only one Euro you can walk up many stairs to go to the top. (they dont have a lift). It is soooo worth it - especially on a sunny day you have a wonderful viel all over downtown Munich including the English garden, the river Isar, the german museum etc etc - it is a great first thing to tdo to get oriented in this city and to see, how close the downtown attractions are to each other. Dont miss it!

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    Climb Old St. Peters

    by Peterodl Written Apr 16, 2006

    Built in 1180, Old St. Peters church is the oldest parish church in Munich and you can climb up the bell tower to a viewing platform to get a great view of the city.
    At 92 Meters (301 feet high) you can see to the alps on a clear day.
    About 100 feet away from the New Town Hall and the Vikuelianmarkt, Old St. Peter's has a great location in the city.
    Cost: 1 Euro (student)
    1.50 Euros (non-student)
    You can visit the tower Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m

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    The church where there is a long climb to the top

    by gordonilla Updated Apr 8, 2005

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    Alter Peter (St Petereskirche) was the first parish church in the 11th century. However today's structure was commenced in the 14th century.

    There is an interesting 92m rectangular tower - 297 steps.

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    A truly tall steeple

    by sswagner Written Jan 12, 2005

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    Peterskirche is a nice church near the Marienplatz with a very tall steeple. This is the steeple that I chose to climb to get a good look at the heart of Munich. The admission fee was not expensive. You need to be prepared to climb many steps as you approach the top. It will make you break a sweat on a warm day. At the top, an amazing view of the city awaits you. You can stare straight down into Marienplatz. People will appear as ants since you are so high up there. Take note of all of the beautifully restored buildings in the vicinity including Altesrathaus, Neuesrathaus, Frauenkirche, and others as far as the eye can see. You will see those onion domes that are characteristic of this region. Further away, I could see the Olympic tower on the horizon. Hopefully, you will not have a fear of heights up here. There is of course fencing to hold you in. Climb the tower so that you can see many of the other places you would like to visit while in Munich.

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    Peterskirche

    by Sjalen Written Nov 11, 2004

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    The "Alter Peter" is yet another city centre church which has a tower you can climb. This time I mean climb since there is no lift. However, since it gives a view back towards the Frauenkirche, it is supposedly an even better view than from the latter. I must admit we never had the energy to try it the first days, and the weather deteriorated and left little inspiration for view points later during the stay. Next time I will try as it looked nice to stand outside in the tower, with a birds eye view of München. Moreover, the church itself is the oldest in the city centre.

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  • St Peter's

    by TRAVELCHICK29 Written Nov 7, 2004

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    this church boasts great art and architecture but one other thing to see here is the skeletal remains of St Munditia, (patron saint of single women) dressed in a sequined gown, and displayed inside glass coffin. SCARY!!!

    inside St Peter's
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    Up the tower

    by chancay Updated Oct 10, 2004

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    I t is not only worth to visit this beautiful church but as well to climb up some 306 stairs up to a height of around 56 meters from where you have a wonderful view over the city of Munich. You look directly down on the Marienplatz and see finally the townhall and especially the Frauenkirche in all its imressive size and as well you have a look over the whole city and more when the weather allows it. Look here to see what I saw.

    the sign that shows the way up ;-)

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    Peterskirche

    by tini58de Updated Aug 31, 2004

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    This is the oldest parish church in Munich. It has a very interesting interior with old masters from six centuries.

    I suggest walking up to the top which is a long way up and best done at quiet times of the day. Once up there you'll have a wonderful view over the city.

    Location: Rindermarkt 1, just near the Marienplatz.

    Alter Peter

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    St.Peter - Munich's oldest church

    by globetrott Updated Aug 24, 2004

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    St.Peter - also called "Alter Peter" by the local people - is the oldest church of Munich, built in the 11th century.
    The church looks great from inside , but mainly I may recommend to walk up the tower and have a look around with certainly the best panorama of Munich.
    The 3 pics before (Frauenkirche, Glockenspiel and Rathaus) were taken from there.

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    St.Peter - the interior

    by globetrott Written Aug 24, 2004

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    Do not miss the interior of St. Peter church / Alter Peter, as it is really worth a visit and looks beautiful.
    The church is open during the day and may be seen freely and without entrance-fee.

    Only to walk up the tower you have to pay a small amount !

    ...and on a hot summerday it is even a perfect place to relax and cool down a bit !

    St.Peter church / Alter Peter
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    On the tower of St.Peter

    by globetrott Written Aug 24, 2004

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    The 302 steps up the tower of St.Peter / " Alter Peter " were rather exhausting , but it is certaily worth the effort, when you are searching for a perfect panorama-view.
    As you may see on my picture, the platform is rather narrow and I may imagine that a lot of people might want to watch the Glockenspiel all at the same time...

    ...so be there a long time ahead, when you intend to have a good place to watch it !

    the view from St.Peter church
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