The Asam Church Munich is an important building from the late Baroque period and impresses visitors with its magnificent looks. It was built by the artists Cosmas Damian Asam and Egid Quirin Asam. Cosmas practiced the art of fresco painting and his brother Egid practiced as a sculptor, altar builder and plasterer. The two brothers built and designed the church in 1733, without ecclesiastical or secular clients, just for personal use. The church opened in 1746. However, because of too much public protests against the private church, the brothers made it accessible to the entire population.
Opulence in Confined Space
Nestled between the houses of Sendlinger Strasse, the Asam Church Munich stands in the narrowest of spaces. It is only eight meters wide and 22 meters long. To build a church in such a confined space, even with a two-storied interior and then to harmoniously shape it with painting, sculpture and stucco work is truly a piece of art. The builders vertically divided the inner area into three sections, which increase in brightness from bottom to top. The lowest area with benches, is for church visitors. Here comparatively little light comes through – this section is also to symbolize the suffering of the world.
The central part, with a white and blue color concept, was reserved for the emperor. The uppermost section, with the indirect lighting on the ceiling painting, stands for God and his eternity. On the ceiling, the life of St. Nepomuk is depicted with elaborately designed paintings – at the same time, it is intended to represent an opening to God and the sky.
Magnificent Interior and Exterior
As you enter the church a variety of stucco and ornaments surrounds you. The brothers decorated the inner life of their house of worship magnificently because they were not restricted by specifications. The Baroque style also defines the exterior facade – above the gates of the church, the holy Nepomuk watches visitors in the form of a statue.
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