This Catholic church/chapel is a great tourist destination and a beautiful church for Catholic Mass.
The Asam brothers designed this as their private chapel. This is an extreme version of Rococo -- extremely ornate. No square foot of the chapel is devoid of angels or statues. And it is beautiful. The Asam brothers took two row houses and built this chapel, unaffiliated with any Catholic religious order.
We went to 5pm Christmas Eve mass (in German). We arrived 20 minutes early -- that was too late. You need to arrive at about 45-60 minutes before mass on Christmas Eve to get a seat. Very small seating for a heavily attended mass. Even though we were English-speakers, standing for 90 minutes, it was a very moving mass.
At the end of mass, the lights come way down for Stille Nacht (Silent Night). It was a very special mass for us. Get there early.
This would also be a must stop for any tourist. Asamkirche is near one of the ancient old town Munich gates (Sendlinger Tor) and is on Sendlinger Strasse -- which is a street with a lot of modern retailing.
On the outside, this church doesn't seem like much, it's in the center of the city and if you don't keep an eye out for it, you might just miss it. However, I have a thing for European churches so I caught it and decided to go in.
I've never seen a church so elaborate with such exquisite statues of angels and ornate decor of chairs. It was breath taking, at the same time, gave me chills. It seemed really calming in there, but at the same time, it was sort of creepy, in a good way.
It's hard to describe and it's something you would have to take in for yourself. It's a lovely church and it's wonderful to see a beautiful place such as this exist.
Asamkirche was spectacular. It is located a little off the beaten path, on a small side road. Be sure to bookmark this when planning your Munich trip.
It's difficult to describe this church. It is beautiful and creepy at the same time. Over-the-top and breathtaking. Strange and wonderful.
It is free to visit and take pictures. Don't be in a hurry when you visit, because you will want to take your time and take it all in.
If you're visiting Munich, don't miss this sight. I never noticed this church before it was snowing heavily 2 years ago. It was really pelting it down. I just saw a chink of light coming out of the door as there was a gathering of snow blocking it from fully shutting. I opened the door and was astounded by the sight before me. Unbelievable Interior in this place. The outside is quite nice too but the interior is mind blowing! Definitely have a look inside. It's only a short walk from Marienplatz so a must if you're visiting.
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