St. Michael is probably (next to the cathedral) most important Munich church. Built at the end of the 16th century by the Jesuits as a powerful symbol of the Counter-Reformation, following the example of the Church of Il Gesù, recently built in Rome. Its barrel vault, destroyed in World War II, is still the second largest in the world (after St. Peter's Basilica) and its artistic decoration is outstanding. Many visitors, however, are mainly interested in the tomb of the Wittelsbachs under the choir, where Bavarian dukes and kings are buried in abundance, not least Ludwig II. They should visit them mainly because of their great room, just a few steps away from the crowded pedestrian area.Well-informed volunteers offer free guided tours in the church (for a small donation).
August 8, 2017
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