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Asamkirche, Munich Overview

Asamkirche is officially known as the Church of St. Johann Nepomuk, and derives its name from its architects, the brothers Cosmas Damian and Egid Quirin Asam.æ

Originally designed as a private chapel for the two brothers, the altar of the Asamkirche was visible from their balcony. Though quite small in size, this is Munich's most ostentatious church. A prime example of late German Baroque architecture, the church so built was a departure from traditional religious structures, since it was at the behest of the two brothers. For instance the church orientation is to west and not the east. With an extraordinary entrance framed by raw rock foundations, the exterior gives little insight into the opulence and lavish detailing on the interiors. The magnificent ceiling fresco, illustrates the life of St Johann Nepamuk, to whom the church is dedicated to, a saint known to have drowned in the Danube. Intricate detailing of the statues, the gilding, the high altar are a sight to behold.

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