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  • Munich (Mnchen) is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria, on the banks of River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg, and the 12th biggest city of the European Union, with a population of above 1.5 million. Frauenkirche - Cathetral of Our Dear Lady - is a landmark of Munich. The south tower of the cathedral can be climbed and offers a unique, wide view across the rooftops of Munich and on to the Alps.

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  • Frauenkirche - Cathetral of Our Dear Lady was built in the late Gothic period 1468-88, the domes added 1525. Due to a shortage of funds, the initially planned spires which would top the twin towers were not built. In 1525, several decades after the church was completed it was decided to cover the towers with onion-shaped domes.The design of the octagonal domes - which would later be copied by many churches in Bavaria - was inspired by the Jerusalem Dome of the Rock

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  • The church towers are widely visible because of local height limits.The brick-building is 109m long and 40m wide. Inside the windows with their stained glass images from the 14th-16th century, thetomb of Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian and the devil's footprint are worth seeing

    At the entrance to the Munich Frauenkirche church inBavariais located the Devil's Footstep orTeufelsschritt.This mark in a tile resembles a footprint, which according to legend was where thedevilstood after he had made a deal with the builder to finance construction of the church on the condition that it contain no windows. The builder managed to trick the devil by siting columns so that the windows were not visible from the spot where the devil stood at the entrance. The devil eventually worked out that he had been tricked, however he could not enter a consecrated church and could only stand in the entrance foyer, stamping his foot furiously, leaving the footprint that remains visible in the church's entrance today.Legend also says the devil then rushed outside and manifested its evil spirit in the wind that furiously rages around the church*

  • The cathedral was erected in only 20 years' time byJrg von Halsbach. For financial reasons and due to the lack of a nearby stone pit, brick was chosen as building material

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  • The interior of the aisled Frauenkirche, with its 22 tall octagonal pillars arranged in two rows, was remodeled in Renaissance style in 1601 but reconverted to a Gothic design in 1858. Viewed from the porch the aisles and side windows are invisible, while the octagonal pillars of the nave have the appearance of a wall. At one time the window of the choir was also obscured by the high altar, and legend has it that the Devil, after inspecting the cathedral, was so delighted that the windows had been forgotten that he stamped his foot, leaving a print in the porch that can still be seen to this day.

  • The devils footprint inside its hallowed halls

    Inside the narthex ofFrauenkircheis an unusual tile containing a black footprint, which is said to be theTeufelstritt, or Devils footprint. There are several legends of differing details surrounding the footprint, but the basic story goes like this. In 1468, architect Jorg von Halsbach made a deal with the Devil: the Devil would provide funds for the cathedral as long as itremained a celebration of darkness. No windows were allowed to be seen in the building.Upon completion of the building, the Devil entered the church to survey the outcome. From a vantage point in the vestibule, not a single window could be seen, even though the nave was flooded with light. The Devil was satisfied with theresult, but as he stepped further into the church, he realized he had been fooled. Von Halsbach had designed the nave with columns that blocked the side windows from view, and a large central alter piece covered the stained glass windows at the far end of the church. In a fit of fury, the Devil stamped his foot on the ground, leaving an imprint in the floor. He then left the church and transformed himself into a great wind spirit, which rushes around the church towers to this day.*

  • A double-row of 22 pillars (22 metres) help enclose the space. These are voluminous, but appear quite slim due to their impressive height and the building's height-to-width ratio

    a double-row of 22 pillars (22 metres) help enclose the space. These are voluminous, but appear quite slim due to their impressive height and the building's height-to-width ratio*

  • The cross in the choir arch by Josef Henselmann (1898- 1987) from the 1950s

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  • Detail of the choir stalls in the Frauenkirche

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  • The church is the largest Gothic buildings in Munich and one of largest hall churches in southern Germany

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  • The altars and the side altars, remodeled in the baroque style, are especially beautiful, as are the chapels which contain works by various artists, including van Dyck's "Christ on the Cross

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  • AltarinFrauen- kirche, Munich

  • AltarsinFrauenkirche, Munich

  • Given its important role as the main church of southern Bavaria, Munich's Frauenkirche has long been the final resting place of some of the region's most famous historic figures. While many of these tombs are to be found in the crypt, many of the best known are in the chapels in the main part of the cathedral. One of the most notable monuments in the church is the tomb of emperor Ludwig IV of Bavaria (1282 - 1347)

  • The Tomb of the Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian, Holy Roman Emperor (1282 1347), a free-standing monument erected in 1622 in black marble with magnificent bronze figures of Dukes Wilhelm IV and Albrecht V and, at the four corners, armor-clad standard-bearers made by Hubert Gerhard

  • Several of the Gothic stained-glass windows, some of them made for the previous church, are major attractions

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  • Text: InternetPictures: Internet & Sanda FoioreanuCopyright: All the images belong to their authorsPresentation: Sanda Foioreanuhttps://plus.google.com/+SandaMichaela Sound: Richard Strauss - Morgen - Placido Domingo & Itzhak Perlman; Rolando Villazon & Nemanja Radulovic08.2016FrauenkircheAugustinerkircheSt.Michael KircheSt. Peter's ChurchAltes RathausHeiliggeistkirche

    *Richard Strauss - Morgen - Placido Domingo & Itzhak Perlman; Rolando Villazon & Nemanja Radulovic

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    *At the entrance to the Munich Frauenkirche church inBavariais located the Devil's Footstep orTeufelsschritt.This mark in a tile resembles a footprint, which according to legend was where thedevilstood after he had made a deal with the builder to finance construction of the church on the condition that it contain no windows. The builder managed to trick the devil by siting columns so that the windows were not visible from the spot where the devil stood at the entrance. The devil eventually worked out that he had been tricked, however he could not enter a consecrated church and could only stand in the entrance foyer, stamping his foot furiously, leaving the footprint that remains visible in the church's entrance today.Legend also says the devil then rushed outside and manifested its evil spirit in the wind that furiously rages around the church*

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    *Inside the narthex ofFrauenkircheis an unusual tile containing a black footprint, which is said to be theTeufelstritt, or Devils footprint. There are several legends of differing details surrounding the footprint, but the basic story goes like this. In 1468, architect Jorg von Halsbach made a deal with the Devil: the Devil would provide funds for the cathedral as long as itremained a celebration of darkness. No windows were allowed to be seen in the building.Upon completion of the building, the Devil entered the church to survey the outcome. From a vantage point in the vestibule, not a single window could be seen, even though the nave was flooded with light. The Devil was satisfied with theresult, but as he stepped further into the church, he realized he had been fooled. Von Halsbach had designed the nave with columns that blocked the side windows from view, and a large central alter piece covered the stained glass windows at the far end of the church. In a fit of fury, the Devil stamped his foot on the ground, leaving an imprint in the floor. He then left the church and transformed himself into a great wind spirit, which rushes around the church towers to this day.*a double-row of 22 pillars (22 metres) help enclose the space. These are voluminous, but appear quite slim due to their impressive height and the building's height-to-width ratio*

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    **Richard Strauss - Morgen - Placido Domingo & Itzhak Perlman; Rolando Villazon & Nemanja Radulovic