Church of St. Catejan, Munich
At Odeonplatts, two steps away from the royal residence, is one of the most magnificent cathedrals in Munich - the church of St. Catejan. Magnificent building was constructed on a vow of gratitude for the birth of the Elector and his wife's long-awaited heir to the Max Emmanuel. By the way, this is a fantastic event for the emergence of the palace and park complex of Nymphenburg.
Teatinkirhe elegant building was designed by Italian architect Augustino Barelli and became the first baroque church north of the Alps. Looking at this magnificent church, which served as the main cathedral of the monastery of the Order of the church and court Theatines electors, there is a strange thought: "Something is wrong here ... maybe I saw it somewhere?". It's true! Teatinkirhe enough that is quite unusual for a building in Germany, so also the basis for the project architect has taken a huge Theatines church of Sant'Andrea della Valle in Rome.
Construction of the cathedral, begun in 1662, was completed only in 1690, and the central facade and finishing was completed almost a century later. The cause of protracted, resulting in the church in its present form could not be seen not only gave the couple vow to electors, but the "hero of the occasion," have become virtually permanent differences between all participants in the building.
As a result, successive architects are constantly finishing work on the cathedral's own risk. Therefore, the inquisitive gaze attentive tourist can see the baroque facade of Teatinkirhe elements of the later rococo style. The interior of the church court, which is also the burial place for royalty and the royal blood, not inferior in splendor of external decoration.
Teatinkirhe easily recognized by the stand out against the backdrop of other buildings carved the twin towers and a huge copper dome. A few dozen meters from the church is the notorious symbol of the era of fascism - Feldherrnhalle ("Hall of the Bavarian generals"), which in the 30s and 40s of last century became the center of Nazi propaganda. However, the people of Munich do not like to think of his famous countryman, so it is impossible to find any mention of Hitler.
Today, the steps Feldherrnhalle perform far more prosaic role of the favorite place of rest the weary travelers, offering a stunning view of the Teatinkirhe and all Odeonplatts.
Location: Germany, Munich, Theatinerstraße 22.
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