The history of the Mariahilf Church in Munich goes back to the year 1463. At that time, a cross was washed ashore on the west side of today’s Mariahilfplatz, in Munich’s Au district. On the very same spot a small chapel was built. The foundation stone for today’s Maria was laid in 1831. What makes this Neo-Gothic church unique is its roof. It is covered with colorful tiles.
Locals Gave Money to Renovate the Mariahilf Church in Munich
When it became known in the 70s that the Second World War had also left its mark on the tower of the Mariahilfkirche, the residents of Munich’s Au district rushed to the aid. In order to preserve the first church in neo-Gothic style in Germany, they managed to raise 1.79 million euros in donations.
The Mariahilfkirche is not only an architectural highlight. Its church bells are also significant. In the tower hangs the second largest Carillon of Germany, which was inaugurated on 1 May 2012. With a total weight of about 25 tons, the 65 bells ring three times a week. The biggest bell, the Paulan Woman, sounds every hour over the rooftops of the Au. The carillon was financed by donations and all the bells bear the inscription of the donor.
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