St. Peter’s Church

Built even before the city of Munich was founded, the St. Peter’s Church is arguably the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the city. According to history, monks lived in and around this Church as early as the eighth century.

A new Church was consecrated, in the Bavarian Romanesque style towards the end of the twelfth century. Later on another expansion was made to the same, but this time in the Gothic style, before a huge fire ravished the entire building in 1327. The church was reconstructed in 1368.

Munich St. Peters Church and Heiliggeistkirche

Munich St. Peters Church and Heiliggeistkirche

A high altar dominates the interior; Erasmus Grasser donated a figure of Saint Peter to the same.

Apart from the unique Gothic style structure that will leave tourists spellbound, there also are five Gothic paintings by the famous artist, Jan Polack.

Do not forget to turn your gaze towards the ceiling and view the frescoes by Johann Baptist Zimmermann. A 92-meter spire and a new Baroque choir were added to St. Peter’s Church during the early 17th century.

Munich St. Peters Church

Munich St. Peters Church

The tower of this Church is known locally as `Alter Peter,’ which means `Old Peter.’ Those who are interested in a classic view of the city can climb the 306 steps that take one to the top of the tower. (photo:Softeis, Andrew Bossi)

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