If religious centers are your ball
of wax, then Munich certainly has you covered. One of my favorite parts
of nearly every church we visited was the 'before and after' photo section.
As much of the city had been destroyed in WWII, putting the pieces of the
churches back together had been given a high priority by the population.
Nowhere was this rebuilding more evident
than in the most famous church in the city, the Church of Our Lady. Its
2 huge onion-shaped domes are distinctive landmarks of the city, and have
been since the early 1500s. Although the church itself was bombed in the
war, the towers stood. Reconstruction began almost at once, and today the
inside is again a simple but soaring place of worship.
St. Michael's Church is the largest
Renaissance church north of the Alps. Built in the late 1500s, it
is filled with statues of saints and graves of Bavaria's finest. One of
the neatest little treats we had was being able to sit in on choir practice
being held by a youth chorus. They were a bit embarrassed having us there
at first (being used to singing anonymously in the choir loft), but they
soon got over that.
We also stumbled into a tiny, ornately
decorated chapel on the way back to our hostel. There was no room anywhere
on the walls or ceilings - they were all filled with silver and bronze
objects. We were there right before a service and watched the local nuns
get everything in order, but left before we were asked to leave as the
pews started filling up.
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