St. Johann Nepomuk, better known as the Asam Church (German: Asamkirche), is a Baroque church in Munich, southern Germany, built from 1733 to 1746 by the brothers, sculptor Egid Quirin Asam, and painter Cosmas Damian Asam as their private church. It is considered to be one of the most important buildings of the southern German Late Baroque.
The church was built without an order, as a private chapel for the greater glory of God and for the salvation of the builders. This allowed the Asam brothers also to build in line with the ideas of independent contractors. So for example, Egid Quirin Asam could watch the altar through a window of his private house next to the church (Asamhaus). Egid Quirin Asam designed the church as Beichtkirche (confession church) for the youth. So the small church has seven confessionals with allegorical scenes.
James Baumgartner | Feb 7, 2018
A must see while in Munich. The inside of this baroque church is one big art piece and defies description. With something to gawk at in all directions the jaw dropping images are off the charts. Nestled in a shopping district a short walk from Marienplatz it takes little effort to see this gem after arriving by train. This like many churches and cathedrals worth seeing hold regular services so be respectful but don't rush while you take in all this site has to offer.
junaid farooqui | Jan 5, 2018
Small but incredible piece of art. Defiantly worth a visit. It's near Ubhan station U3 so easy to reach.
Linda Novitt | Sep 24, 2017
This church is overwhelming, but beautifully baroque. You'd never know the gross splendor that lies inside by looking at the exterior. It's entirely overdone with baroque architecture and your eye darts around, unsure of where to look. But, for that reason, it's worth a quick stop. And, it's right in the old town so easy to get to.
L. A. | Oct 4, 2017
A must-see if you are visiting München! Beautiful Baroque decor is absolutely breathtaking. Wrought iron gates were closed so I couldn't go further than the vestibule, but worth seeing nevertheless.
Anna Hautzinger | Aug 5, 2017
This is a narrow, small church on a pedestrian shopping street. The exterior is ornate and is eclipsed by the decor visible indoors. The inside entrance is grated, but you get the idea, Angels and other religious symbols are here in a display honoring the glory of God. Also, look for skulls as a reminder of mortality.
Sarah-louise O'Shea | Mar 27, 2018
The church is jaw dropping . The baroque style of art hits you in the face straight away. It's small but it's absolutely stunning. Worth a visit when in Munich
Manoj Lakshman | Apr 8, 2018
Nice historic church. Old architecture and painting on the ceiling is awesome. There is a basement cellar too were ppl can go and pray, interior of this basement room is not altered, it still looks old and rusting. Really nice to see that
Tony Tandeski | Jun 2, 2018
A highly decorative church located right in the center of one of the main shopping streets in Munich. It sticks out from its neighbors with its more decorative, stoney exterior, so it shouldn’t be hard to spot. Enter through the front of the church. It’s free to get in. It’s small, but extremely decorative inside. Nearly everything is gilded with gold and is Baroque to the extreme. Pictures are allowed, so feel free to venture in, take in the abundance of decor, and snap some pictures. There’s not much to this place, it’s small, and there’s nothing to read, so it shouldn’t take more than 15-30 minutes to visit. Out of all the churches in the city, I wouldn’t probably recommend this above most of the others.
Ulet Natalius | Jun 16, 2018
This private chapel is located among other buildings in Sendlinger Straße, but rest assured; it will be easily found. If you think the exterior is beautiful, come inside and wonder at the amazing details of the interior. Considered the masterpiece of the Asam brothers, you will witness the most elaborately decorated church you have ever seen in your life. The church is closed for tourists during services, so come early. Respect!
A G | Jul 1, 2018
One of the smallest church in town. Beautiful German Baroque architecture. Used to be built as a private church, now open to public.
BradJill Travels | Jul 2, 2018
There are some beautiful churches to visit in the Old Town but none as ornate or strikingly rich in design as St. Johann Nepomuk, otherwise known as Asamkirche (Asam Church). This church is considered one of the most important buildings in which to see southern German Late Baroque and was privately built between 1733-1746 by the two Asam brothers. The facade of the Asamkirche is built into a row of houses along Sendlinger Straße. It is an opulent and will easily catch your attention while passing by, inviting you to step inside to see the splendour of the church interior. What you find inside Asamkirche is breathtaking. It might remind you of the Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome in terms of its size, immense opulence and intricate details of High Baroque architecture. The nave is rather small with low lighting, yet it is full of striking details and colour throughout. You will find the same with the altar and gallery. The ceiling fresco, the works of brother Cosmas Damian Asam is beautiful. The heavy use of gilding throughout, along with rich stucco work adds depth and texture to the already colourful and richly detailed interior. In the end, this is a place where it is best to simply take a seat, read up on the church history and architectural details while enjoying what you are seeing. It is a place where your eyes can simply wonder up and down, never ceasing to see something new and beautiful. Give Asamkirche as much time as you need. It is a place you'll long remember visiting after your visit to Munich.
Philip Schade | Jul 28, 2018
Beautiful church. Really stunning how the light enters the church through the stain glass windows. A real flair for the dramatic. The only downside is that it's a very touristic place and most people forget it's a church. If you were hoping for some peace and quiet this is probably not the place or go early before the travel guides get there.
Georges Farah | Jul 31, 2018
Very pretty church, I know there are tons in Europe..but the asamkirk has a very distinct gold theme. Located in a shopping street but with a very distinct facade, can't miss it. Church closes at 6:00 pm
Discovering Destinations | Jul 13, 2018
It was one of the most impressive Baroque church we saw in Europe. The Asam Church facade is really beautiful and once you step foot inside it's breathtaking. Rich in details inside, it will be difficult to stay just a few minutes. We were mesmerized inside with the decor, paintings and sculptures. According to Wikipedia, the church was built from 1733 to 1746 by brothers sculptor Egid Quirin Asam, and painter Cosmas Damian Asam. Now considered to be one of the most important buildings of the southern German late Baroque. Many places around the world charge an entrance fee for churches. Fortunately this is not the case in Munich. So what are you waiting for, it's FREE !! Our Ratings Serge: 5 Eli: 5 Recommend: Yes, really beautiful and inspiring church. Just open the door and you will be fascinated !
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