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Die Frauenkirche in Munchen

The Towers

click to enlarge it's worth it. . .

 
Stairs up

 

Erected in 1468, the Metropolitan Church of Our Lady in Munich is impressive and tautly designed.  The visitor can't help but notice the twin towers and the traditional 'Onion" cupolas. 

Not dissimilar to Jeruselam's "Dome of the Rock" this Kirche was a center of the city for hundreds of years. 

Here we go, up INTO the towers

They were closing in only 30 minutes, but we simply had to take advantage of the

Into the Towers

 ability to go UP and see the view.  To not do so, would be like shrugging your shoulders at the Empire State building.

The 'Official Overview' From the tower.  Click for a larger view, and to see the layout of Munich

Official View.  Click for larger

 

 
View from the tower of Die Frauenkirche View from the tower of Die Frauenkirche
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The view of course was extraordinary.  Notice all the red roofs and the lack of height.  The buildings were no taller than seven stories. 

 

View from Frauenkirche Tower CLick for larger

 


 
 

A great view of the Rathaus.  We ate lunch just inside the courtyard.

View from Frauenkirche Tower CLick for larger

 Die Frauenkirche in Munchen

Die Frauenkirche in Munchen

I've been quite interested of late in WWII, and all that it entailed.  I've watched several movies, "Schindler's List" and "The Pianist" amongst them.  None of them prepared me, for the sheer emotion of a place where buildings are layered in two different colour of bricks, to commemerate the buildings before the damage of the war, and after the repairs. 

 

 

 

 The Towers Restoration after WWII

The building with the two towers, Die Frauenkirche, as I said, is one of the landmarks that makes Munich recognizable.  Here is some photos of what the church looked like right after the war, and the beginning of the restoration to what we see today.  Sobering to breathe in the history and humanity of this place so near the 'Eagle's Nest'.


 

The little gift shop

 

We signed the guest book.  I suppose it was still fun to join with others from all over the world in appreciation of this wonderful place.
 

 Guest Book


 
 

Spiral Staircase  

There was only room for one body at a time.  If someone was coming down, when you were going up. . . you had to wait in the stairwell for them to pass, and visa versa. 

 

The Romantic movement of the 19th cent turned the tastes away from the Baroque age.  Much of the furnishings were given away and a contemporary vision was indulged in.  Except for a single alter that was in storage during WWII, most of the furnishings perished.  The interior was renovated in 1953 and just recently once more in 1994 with a white and gold colour -scheme and refurnished paintings and sculptures .

 


 
  A father and his sons
 Back outside, it was business as usual for this dad and his two boys taking a breather.
 

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