St. Michael Kirche, Munich

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  • St. Michael Church

    by sabsi Updated Aug 27, 2005

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    This church is easy to overlook it when strolling along the pedestrianised shopping street but it's definitely worth a look inside.

    Inside it's massive with baroque and renaissance parts, many decorations, an impressive ceiling, strange artificial candles and a great "foggy" light atmosphere.

    I was here during easter mass so it even had this certain wonderful "church smell".

    In this church you also find the graves of King Ludwig II. and of his father, Maximilian I.

    St. Michael at Easter 2005
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    St.Michael church

    by globetrott Written Sep 2, 2004

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    St.Michael church is another big church in Neuhauserstrasse (the pedestrian zone in the centre ).
    It dates back to 1583 and was ments as a demonstration of the power of Wilhelm V.
    In the facade you see sculptures of ancestors of Wilhelm, such as Karl der Große / Charles magne and the Habsburg kings.

    The sculpture in the centre is St.Michael fighting with Satan.

    The church is open all day and may be visited freely - only for the " Fürstengruft " / Krypta, with the sarcophag of various kings, including "mad" King Ludwig II, you have to pay a small fee.

    On the right of my picture you may see a part of the former Augustinian church that was transfered into the Museum for hunting and fishing, and in the background the 2 towers of Frauenkirche

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    The tomb of "mad" king Ludwig II

    by globetrott Updated Sep 21, 2008

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    Inside the church of St.Michael you may walk down to the so-called " Fürstengruft " (vault of the princes) with the sarcophagues of Wilhelm V and many others, including Bavaria's "mad" king Ludwig II. - shown on my picture !

    The sarcophague of King Ludwig II is certainly the most beautiful and gets the most attention and best flower-decorations.
    There is obviously a union of people still taking care of "Their King" , more than 100 years after his sudden death...

    When you talk to Bavarian people today , everybody still has a different opinion about his death in the nearby lake Starnberg.

    The "Fürstengruft" may be visited against a small fee - but unfortunately I do not know the exact opening-times !

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    St.Michael - the interior

    by globetrott Written Sep 2, 2004

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    The way this church was built was a sensation at its time (1583-1597).
    When the church-tower broke down during the construction, duke Wilhelm V decided to take this as a "hint" to build the church even bigger.
    It became one of the first Baroque churches and has the 2nd biggest vault, spanning freely more than 20 meters.
    The biggest is St.Peters in Rome.
    Sustris was the main architect of the church , the big painting on the altar was made by Schwarz from Munich(1587)

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    St. Michaelskirche

    by Janni67 Written Nov 3, 2003

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    The stucco interior of Michaelskirche is vast, only St Peter's in Vaticane is bigger. There's a crypt beneath Michaelskirche and it has the tombs of several Wittelsbachs so this church is worth visiting.

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    Michaelskirche

    by acemj Updated Aug 21, 2004

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    St. Michael's is a giant Renaissance church located near Marienplatz on the main shopping street that leads up toward Karlsplatz. In fact, it's the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps. The barrel-vaulted roof is the world's second largest after only St. Peter's in Vatican City. The Royal Vault is probably the biggest draw here for the visitor as it contains the remains of King Ludwig II as well as many members of the Wittelsbach royal family.

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    St. Michaelskirche

    by mindcrime Updated Feb 6, 2013

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    St Michael church (St. Michaelskirche) is a beautiful Jesuit church in early baroque style located in the city center.

    It was built by William V (Duke of Bavaria from 1579 to 1597) during the Catholic Reformation. Originally the construction begun in 1583 (after the lovely Duke pulled down 87 houses of the area) and finished in 1588. The church was built by the model church of Gesu in Rome but in 1590 the tower collapsed destroyed the quire too. Duke decided to build the church again, this time much bigger (the construction finished in 1597) and added the impressive facafe with numerous statues of Bavarian rulers (among them you can see Duke Willian V) and Archangel Michael killing the Evil.

    At the crypt of the church are buried many dukes and kings of Bavaria, William V of course but also Josephine’s son Eugene de Beauharnais (Josephine became later Napoleon’s wife). You can walk along Furstengruft (vault of princes) and check the sarcophagus, it was weird to see fresh flowers on the one of King Kudwig II (the mad king), obviously some people still think about him.

    As many other buildings in Munich the church was damaged during WWII but restored in 1948.

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    ST.MICHAEL CHURCH

    by Hosell Written Apr 2, 2005

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    St. Michaelkirche is another of most beautiful churches that you can see in the city of Munich.It was built in Reinassance Style in 1,583-97. The building facade is impressive and you'll see many small statues.Take a look also to the inside of the church.

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    ST. MICHAELS CHURCH

    by Helga67 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Built between 1583 and 1597, this Jesuit church – the first in northern Europe – was intended to symbolize the local victory of Catholicism over Lutherism. Hubert Gerhard's large bronze statue between the two entrances shows the Archangel Michael fighting for the Faith and killing Evil in the shape of a satyr. The interior, with a barrel vault second only in size to St Peter's in Rome, is decorated in elegant white stucco.

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    St Michaelskirche

    by mvtouring Written Sep 30, 2010

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    St Michael's is a Jesuit church built between 1583 and 1597 in the Renaissance style and later partly baroqued. Inside the church are mighty pillars supporting the vault which is the second largest in Europe, only to be outdone by St Peter's in Rome. Beneath the choir in the Princes crypt you will find the graves of some 30 members of the Wittelbach dynasty

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    King Ludwig II's Tomb

    by Donna_in_India Written Jan 7, 2008

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    At Marienplatz is St. Michael’s church – a Renaissance building with a Baroque interior. It was a pretty church. Say a prayer and light a candle.

    In the basement of the church is a crypt. All of the churches we’ve visited had crypts but this was the first one we entered. This one contained 40 royal tombs including that of King Ludwig II.

    Worth a stop.

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    7a-4.30p M-F, 8a-4p Su

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    Desperately seeking Ludwig - the end

    by iandsmith Updated Jul 23, 2007

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    From my email:
    "In Munich itself I finally found Ludwig. Talk about a chance encounter!
    I had absolutely no idea when I walked out of the rain and in to the Jesuit church of St. Michael that I would come across him.
    This church and its school once took up a massive block in the middle of town and it has a remarkable history (including being bombed heavily in 1944) that parallels the monarchy, far too much to elaborate on here but, in a crypt to the right of the altar, and for a small fee, you can walk beneath and view the 41 metal coffins of the house of Wittelsbach, the former Bavarian rulers that reside within.
    One of them is Ludwig’s; noticeably adorned with flowers still. Like most crypts, it’s very atmospheric also.
    I felt strangely fulfilled having seen where he was born, resided and was buried."
    Even now I feel that fate must have had a hand in the whole thing, linking all the sites purely by chance. I hadn't really been that interested in the man but, the more I learned about Bavarian royalty, the more interesting the stories became.
    Ludwig succeeded his father in 1864. He is well known for his fairytale castles and his love for Richard Wagner and his operas. In 1886, the Bavarian state was nearly bankrupt because of his huge expenditures, and several members of the royal family had Ludwig declared insane (8 June 1886). His uncle, prince Luitpold, was appointed regent. On 13 June 1886, Ludwig escaped (or went for a walk with his shrink, depending on which version you believe) from his prison, Castle Berg, but drowned under mysterious circumstances in Lake Starnberg. His psychiatrist, Dr. Gudden, was also found in the lake. The official version is that the doctor drowned while trying to prevent Ludwig's suicide.
    Since the restauration of the stucco decoration in the 1980s, the Michaelskirche has its original look back and the interior of the church is richly decorated and ornamented.
    The crypt is the second largest barrel crypt in Christendom, the only one larger is the one at St. Peters in the Vatican.

    Jesuit church of St Michael Ludwig is here High baroque marble altarpiece Restored interior Princess Theresia Emanuela.s coffin
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    Church of St Michael

    by Maryimelda Written Mar 30, 2010

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    There are many churches in Munich that are beautiful and well worth seeing. Unfortunately, I didn't take a lot of photos on my short trip there, so I don't have any photos of any churches other than St Michael's. It was our favourite of all of them and Billy took a real shine to it.
    The Jesuit Church of St Michael was built between 1583 and 1597. In 1590, the tower collapsed and destroyed the quire. A new phase of construction was undertaken and the Church was finally consecrated in 1597. It was built by William V, Duke of Bavaria. He is buried in the church crypt as are King Otto of Bavaria, Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria and King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
    The church is easily recognised by the huge statue of St Michael the Archangel slaying the demon which stands between the two front doors. It was scultured by Hubert Gerhard.
    St Michael's was badly damaged in WWII but was restored between 1946 and 1948. The stucco was restored in the early eighties.
    It is open from 7am to 7pm daily.

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    Church of St. Michael

    by Leipzig Updated Mar 15, 2004

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    St. Michael has perhaps the most beautiful interior. The Renaissance church attracts with the second largest free-standing vaults in the world. Walking down the pedestrian zone you do not recognize this building as chruch as it does not have a tower.

    Chruch of St. Michael
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    St. Michael's interior

    by Leipzig Updated Mar 16, 2004

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    Don't miss to take at least a glance into the interior of St. Michael's. It has the second largest domed vault in the world, coming only after St. Peter's in Rome. Allied bombings destroyed most parts of it in 1944. Because of all the details the reconstruction of the vaults took over 40 years.

    St. Michael's interior, isn't it impressive?
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